Curious Kids: why does rain only come from grey clouds?This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! I am wondering why clouds are sometimes white and sometimes grey and why rain only comes from grey clouds. – Fiona, age 6, Eltham, Victoria. Hi Fiona, this is a great question! It may seem simple, but to answer this we need to know some things about clouds and light. First, we need to understand a little bit about the way light works. Light is made of little particles that move in waves, like the waves you see at the beach. Read more: Curious Kids: Why can I sometimes see the Moon in the daytime? Second, we need to know a little bit about clouds. Clouds are made of little drops of water and, if it is cold enough, little crystals of ice and beautiful snowflakes. You also asked why some clouds are grey? Read more: Curious Kids: Why do we have bones? Hello, curious kids!
Make Leaf Rubbing AnimalsFall means cooler weather, sweaters, and, of course, falling leaves. Try this simple craft to celebrate the season of transition with your preschooler. When the neighborhood is carpeted with fallen leaves, gather a few on an afternoon walk and use them to create a simple crayon rubbing, in the shape of her favorite animal. What You Need: Found fall leaves in different shapes and sizes Lightweight white paper (printer paper is fine) Crayons 1 sheet of cardboard about the same size as your paper (try reusing the front of a cereal or cracker box) Scissors Clear-drying, non-toxic glue Printable leaf rubbing frames (optional) What You Do: Ask your child to choose an animal, then help her choose leaves to form the animal's body. Try making a rubbing in the shape of a turkey for a sweet homemade Thanksgiving decoration. Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.
Why Is The Sky Blue? - Geography for KidsWhy Is The Sky A Light Shade of Baby Blue? This is one of the first questions that children often inquire of their parents. What makes the sky blue? As the light from our Sun shines into the atmosphere, most of the colors are able to reach the Earth’s surface uninterrupted.