Meatballs, rain experiments, and a tomato tornado inspired the kids to learn about the weather at our Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs nature book club.
Meatballs, rain experiments and a tomato tornado inspired the kids to learn about weather at our Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs nature book club. #naturebookclub #cloudywithachanceofmeatballs #onlinebookclub
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Nature Book Club Discussion
This month our book club was on the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I absolutely loved this book as a kid. As it turns out, I still love it as an adult.
A few years ago, I took my oldest to see the movie. As adorable as the film was, I still enjoyed the book more. So, I was excited to introduce this book to a new group of children.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Nature Book Club Snacks
We had several food choices. Some of these represented the book, and some took a cue from the movie adaptations. All were delicious and adorable.
I found a toy schoolhouse and made a pancake for the roof, like in the book. Sadly, my pancake broke before I could get a picture. I guess pancakes aren't really roof material. We also added a jello sunset though ours wasn't as tall and didn't glow with the setting sun.
One of the moms in our book club made some cloud cupcakes with blue icing and marshmallow clouds.
I made a Tomato Tornado cake and wrapped it in fondant spaghetti and meatballs. Personally, I just loved saying Tomato Tornado, but the kids loved that it was made of chocolate and not actually tomatoes.
And of course, we had to have meatballs because there is always a "chance of meatballs."
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Nature Book Club Activities
For this month's nature book club, we decided to focus on clouds and rainy weather. We started with clear jars of water that we added clouds to (aka shaving cream). Then we added drops of blue food coloring to simulate the rain.
The students were fascinated as they watched the food coloring slowly slip through the clouds and drip like rain.
Then we made rain bags for the kids to take home. These were plastic bags filled with colored water. We drew a sun and clouds on the top. The children carried them home and hung them on a window. As the bags heated up, they produced condensation, which acted like rain clouds. Eventually, the droplets dripped down the bag and simulated rain.
This was such a great way to inspire the kids to learn about weather, even crazy weather like raining meatballs.
What ways have you inspired your children to learn about nature?
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Online Nature Book Club
Go on a nature trek with us based on the book, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. During this online book club, we will go on rabbit trails of discovery about the clouds, crazy weather, and more. We will find ways to learn by experiencing parts of the book through arts and crafts.
We will add a little nature study magic dust and go on outdoor adventures into nature.
At the conclusion of the story, let's throw a party and celebrate the town of Chewandswallow!
Take a Sneak Peek into our Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Online Nature Book Club:
Adding adventure to the picture book, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…