Read & Play: It Looked Like Spilt Milk

by Amy on March 3, 2011

It Looked Like Spilt Milk book

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My girls get so excited when we have a “puffy-cloud” day, because those are the best days for finding cool shapes in the clouds. One of our favorite cloud stories is It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. This book is simple, but engaging and was always a favorite in my classroom.

When my own girls were around 2 and 3 years old, they loved reading this book repeatedly and joining in with the predictable text:

Sometimes it looked like a Tree. But it wasn’t a Tree.

Sometimes it looked like an Ice Cream Cone. But it wasn’t an Ice Cream Cone.

After enjoying It Looked Like Spilt Milk and finding some cloud shapes of your own up in the sky, continue exploring clouds with some simple art materials:

Paint with a “cloud” by clipping 1 or 2 cotton balls in a clothespin and then dipping in white paint.

Dip cotton balls in glue and stick them on paper. Try stretching the cotton balls, too – it’s fun!

Make blot-art clouds. Fold your paper in half. Open the paper up and put some white paint on the fold or anywhere you like. Re-fold the paper and rub, rub, rub to spread the paint. Open your paper and see what your cloud looks like!

Tear white paper into all different shapes and sizes (excellent finger work, by the way). Glue your pieces into cloud shapes on your paper.

Maybe you should reward all your hard work with a snack of whipped cream clouds? Yum!

Happy cloud-watching and creating!

{Edited and updated from a post at Blissfully Domestic, February 2009}


Anne@LittleSproutBooks March 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

This book is a favorite at library story time – always gets the kids interacting. Love your art projects to go with it… we’ve been reading Little Cloud, by Eric Carle recently, and I’ve been thinking about some cloud art to go along with it.

Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids March 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

First “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” is one of my favorite books. Second this activity is so much fun. Love the imagination it takes name an object from the ‘cloud’

Kiasa May 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I love this so much. I just did it with my kids. Here’s my post:

Thank you so much for inspiring me!!!

LD May 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

These are super great activities, I will use these in my three-year old class.

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