It Looked Like Spilt Milk Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'It Looked Like Spilt Milk' is a book written by Charles G. Shaw about looking for shapes in the clouds. Use the activities below to encourage students to look beyond the obvious and see what else there is to see.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

It Looked Like Spilt Milk is a cleverly written book that encourages students to look at clouds and find the shapes within. The activities below, best used with elementary level students, have been created for use with the book as a means of helping students connect with the content and learn to look for shapes in clouds (and other things).

White Paint Designs

Materials: dark colored construction paper, white paint

  • Put students into pairs.
  • Give each pair a piece of dark construction paper.
  • Instruct each pair to fold their paper in half to create a crease in the middle of the page.
  • Walk around the room and drop several drops of white paint in the crease of each paper.
  • Have each pair fold their papers again and press so as to move the paint around inside.
  • Now, have each pair open their papers to see what type of design they have created.
  • Give each pair some time to determine what their painted shape might look like.
  • Next, have each pair share their creation with the class and explain what shape they see.
  • Now, have each pair exchange their papers with another group.
  • Instruct each pair to try and see something in their paper that the previous group did not.
  • Again, allow some time for the pairs to look and discuss.
  • Do another round of sharing.
  • If time allows, exchange again and repeat the full process.

Word Match


  • Sets of index cards, each with one of the words below printed on it, enough sets for each small group
  • Sets of picture cards, each with a picture of the words below (these are matching the 'word' index cards), enough sets for each small group
    • Rabbit
    • Bird
    • Tree
    • Ice cream cone
    • Flower
    • Pig
    • Birthday cake with candle
    • Sheep
    • Owl
    • Mitten
    • Squirrel
    • Angel


Ahead of time, and using the materials listed above, prepare several match game sets where students will match the picture to the word


  • Put students into small groups and give each group a pre-made match game.
  • Explain the rules of the game:
    • Each group is to spread out their cards upside down so that they cannot be seen.
    • Taking turns, each student will flip two random cards. If they find a match, they keep it for a point and their turn continues. If they do not find a match, they turn the cards back over and play moves to the next student.
    • The winner of the game is the student with the most matches once all of the cards have been matched.

Cotton Cloud Designs

Materials: dark construction paper (dark blue or black is recommended), cotton balls, glue, writing paper, pencils

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