What is a cloud?

The following is by contributor Catherine Way of Indirect Observations.
In my part of the world (subtropical Northern Australia) at the moment, the weather is changing from cool, sunny dry season weather to hot, sticky, rainy wet season weather.  We call this time of year the ‘build-up’  The humidity builds up making it hot and sticky.  The build-up will eventually be broken by the arrival of monsoon rains.

The build-up means that clouds have returned to our skies – everything from wispy, barely there, white streaks to tall, dramatic sculptures.  We have also had many foggy mornings – my children tell me  this is ‘the clouds touching the ground.’  We have even had the odd dark, ominous looking cloud that made us talk about the possibility of rain.

It seemed a good time to do some cloud and weather related investigations.  The variable weather of Autumn or Spring in more temperate parts of the world also brings variable weather, making this an excellent time to explore weather with your children.

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Holiday kids’ gift craft-along September link up

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Well, here we are friends:  less than 100 days before Christmas.  Have you started your holiday crafting yet?   What gifts are you going to be making for your kids this year?

Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along

It is the 25th of September, which means it is time for our monthly Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along link up.  I’d love to see what you are making and how your projects are progressing.

I’m taking the day as a North Pole Day and I’ll be updating facebook, twitter, and instagram all day long with my crafting endeavors.  If you want to join in, I’m using the hashtag #SKcraftalong.

I plan to play some holiday music and maybe watch a holiday movie or two and knit, stitch, and glue the day away  (well, after homeschool and when I’m not taking care of the kiddos, of course) – yes, I’ll be crafting the day away in my own little North Pole (in Indy, on a rainy day in September).  There’s going to be cocoa at some point, too.

Beyond today, I’m trying to dedicate 15 minutes every day toward working on holiday gifts.

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Weekend links

We’ve spent part of our week finding leaves to press (using the biggest book we have on the shelves, my sister’s old art history textbook). I hope you’re savoring these last September days, too.

Don’t forget that the Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along link up for September is this Tuesday, the 25th.  I’ll open the post up for links and comments and I’ll be updating twitter, facebook, and instagram throughout the day with my holiday crafting progress for the month, too.  I think some more knitted farm animals are part of the plan as well as some sewing projects.

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!