Why getting your kid’s head in the clouds is a good thing

Cloud watching provides lessons in science and creativity.

Need an activity for the kids to do while you’re on your next video call? Send them outside to watch the clouds.

It might sound super retro, but cloud watching actually has lots of benefits for children. Of course, being able to spot and understand the different types of clouds is a fun, accessible way to teach kids valuable science skills—and maybe even how to predict the weather. It fosters observation skills and creativity as well.

But skimming the skies can also be healthy for kids’ mental health, something experts say children need especially now as they deal with the stress and tension from the ongoing pandemic.