Cloud Inkblot Activity

This activity will get your kiddos thinking outside the box and spark their creative side. They’ll be looking for shapes on their papers and in the sky, too!

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Explore shapes with this easy art activity.

The wonderful world of clouds! Fluffy and bright, dark and scary, clouds come in so many shapes and sizes. Explore those shapes with this fun cloud blot activity! No two blots are the same, just like clouds. What shape do you see in your art?

📚 Books to explore: Little Cloud by Eric Carle is a great starting point to open the discussion on cloud shapes. There are no wrong answers when looking at cloud shapes - we all see different things!

☁️  Did you know? Clouds look like they’re weightless but they’re heavier than they look. Your average cloud can weigh more than a million pounds

🧠 Emphasize different views:  One child might not be able to “see” the shape or object in another child's artwork. This is a great opportunity to open the discussion on different viewpoints and that no answer is “wrong” - a true teachable moment for young ones!

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Blue construction paper

White paint

Paintbrush

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Describing and determining ordinal number and position

Indicators:

Pointing to and describing relative position: before, after, between, front, back, next, last, first to sixth

Instructions

Step 1:

Fold your construction paper in half down the middle and open it back up.

Step 2:

Have your child put a few blobs of paint in the middle of the paper using their paint brush. Keep the paint thick — the more paint on the paper, the bigger the blot will be at the end!

Step 3:

Fold the paper closed and gently press where the paint was dropped.

Step 4: 

Open up the paper and reveal the new cloud blot!

⬆️ For older preschoolers:  This activity originates from the famous “Rorschach” tests, although the test results can be a bit questionable. Seeing the images from a Rorschach test is quite interesting and can spark conversation amongst older kiddos!

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Some younger kids may have difficulty seeing other objects and images in the paint. Help them out by taking a black marker and drawing (once the blots are dry) details on the object they describe to make it a fun photo!

Playful Questions

Can we find the image on our paper in the sky?

What would happen if we mixed multiple paint colors onto our paper and did this activity?

Does the image on our paper change if we rotate our paper?

Do you see multiple shapes on the paper?

What happens if we do only one blob of paint...or 5?