Clouds Resources

Create a Cloud in a Bottle

Learn the conditions necessary for cloud formation through this demonstration and experiment where a cloud forms in a bottle. 

Cloud Cookery

This is another option for creating a cloud in a bottle - this demo comes with a printable instruction sheet and explanation. The instruction sheet could be printed and laminated and placed near the demonstrator in a museum or science center setting.

The GLOBE Cloud Chart

Citizen scientists on their own or in a formal or informal education setting can use this as a reference for naming the types of clouds as they float by. Print it and place near a window in a museum or science center, or use it as an interactive exhibit that could be self-directed or done with the help of a volunteer or museum educator. Alternatively, images of different clouds could be placed around an exhibit hall and visitors could conduct a cloud scavenger hunt to find the different types of clouds. This option works well if there are no windows in your exhibit area.

Sky Cloud Window

The Sky Cloud Window is a way to help observers identify the clouds and the color of the sky. Cut out the middle portion to create a window to look at the sky. Use the images to best identify the clouds present or the sky color.

Cloud Teller

Based on the popular fortune-telling game, this printable interactive craft and game familiarizes people with cloud vocabulary and varying degrees of cloud cover. This activity could be printed and visitors at a museum or science center to do on their own or printed for people to take with them.

Cloud Cover Math

Are you wondering “What is the difference between isolated, scattered, and broken cloud cover?” This activity could be done individually, as a large posting board for all museum visitors or could be adapted as a demo -- a museum educator or volunteer could easily show visitors the percentage of sky cover by cloud that makes up each classification through showing the circles that fall within each category.

Estimating Cloud Cover

Similar to the activity above, this version could be useful for visiting school groups or as a resources for teachers bringing students on field trips.

Identifying Contrails Chart – Informational chart that shows why contrails form. Museum visitors can identify contrails as persistent or short-lived and understand what causes the difference. Like the GLOBE Cloud Chart, this easily printed resource could be used as an interactive exhibit that could be self-directed or done with the help of a volunteer or museum educator.

Do You Know that Clouds Have Names?

This storybook introduces younger museum visitors to the different types of clouds. If museums have a young children’s area, this book could be read out-loud during a story-time and then children could be given the GLOBE Cloud Chart to help them identify their own clouds. Could be a great resource for young visitors as part of a resource area about cloud observations or as a kick-off activity to a cloud scavenger hunt.


Museum visitors can engage in making their own exhibit through creating a model of the different types of clouds and the atmospheric levels at which the clouds exist. This activity could be completed as a large scale daily mural to which patrons can contribute or could be completed as an individual activity as part of a STEAM concept.

The Cloud Lab

Museum visitors can take the Cloud Quiz from PBS and see how well they can identify different clouds.  It could be set up easily on a tablet in an exhibit hall or volunteers or museum educators could use it as a demo to engage their visitors. The GLOBE Cloud Chart is a great resource to help visitors get started.

Observing Describing and Identifying Clouds

This activity is geared toward formal classrooms; however, there are two games about clouds on page 5, that would make great demos or activities to engage museum patrons through testing visitors’ knowledge on clouds.

Cloud Clues

This resource could be used with school groups as they visit the museum as an introduction to cloud observations. Alternatively, this resource could be distributed to teachers of school groups prior to visiting the museum.

Sky Conditions Demonstration

A printable poster/demo mat to show how the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere affects sky conditions, one of the aspects citizen scientists report on via the app.

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