Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The other day Muriel, Maude and I decided to check out Netflix for movies and we stumbled across 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'. I'd not seen it when it came out, the girls were too young, and so it was lovely to watch. We then, later the following week went on to watch the second movie as well. We loved them both and it spurred on a couple of at home activities which you might like too, and hey, if you've got Netflix, maybe a movie arvo while you're home might not be so bad either. 

Activity 1: Food Rainclouds

The first activity we did was to create food rain clouds. To do this activity we needed:

  • Blue (or White) Cardboard cut into the shape of a cloud and some rain drops
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • The 'Raining Food' Printout
  • Colouring pens
  • String
  • Tape

  1. Firstly, I'd already cut out the clouds so then I got the girls to cover the clouds with glue and stick on the cottonballs. This was a lovely activity for their fine motor skills but you could easily skip it if you didn't want the potential sticky mess that occured as a result of the glue/cottonball combination!
  2. While the glue was drying on the clouds I got the girls to colour in the foods. They'd chosen the types of foods they'd wanted and we'd printed them out, you can find the ones we used at the bottom of this page, but if you'd rather pick your own I find searching "Blackline ___" gives the best results for images you may want the kids to colour.
  3. Once they'd coloured it was time to cut. Muriel, who's 3 found it a little hard to cut out the shapes so I gave her a hand but Maude, who's 5 did just fine. Once the shapes were cut it was time to stick it all together.
  4. We used different lengths of string and taped the string to the cloud and then taped a drop and a food item to each string.
  5. Our last step was to hang them up and admire our great work. 

This activity actually took a fair while as the girls really took their time colouring, gluing and sticking etc. so I was lucky for that. If you're kids a little bit less maticulous you might not have the same luck, sorry 😉


Activity 2: Colouring In

We also did a Google Search for colouring-in pages. The ones I collected you can find in the Downloads at the bottom of this page.

Activity 3: Playdough

The final 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' activity we did was to use playdough to make some of the Foodimals from the second movie. The girls really LOVED the foodimals (so much so we had to look them up! If you need them, we found a good list here). Our favourite to make was the 'Tacodile' (Pictured, made by Muriel, aged 3)

Other bits to try:

Along with the activities above you may find these suggestions helpful in filling out your day:

  • Making Tacos - Especially those that have capsicum legs and olive eyes! (Mind you, ours had to have cucumber eyes for our less than enthusiastic olive eaters)
  • Berry's Dance - We listened to 2 Unlimited's 'Get Ready For This' (YAR Orchestral Mix) on Spotify but you could use YouTube and had a dance session
  • This Cloud in a Jar activity from 'Fun Learning for Kids' looks amazing too.
  • There's also a couple of fun things I found on Pinterest, I've just popped the images of them into the Document below.