Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

chance of meatballsWhen I told Little Chef K we were going to read the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs he was very excited!  He enjoys watching the movies, and didn’t know there was a book that we could read.  This story starts with a Grandfather who tells his grandchildren about a town called Chewandswallow.  This town looks just like any other, but there aren’t any grocery stores and restaurants to have a kitchen.  The town has crazy weather 3 times a day.  What kind of weather?  You will have to read it to find out.  You, and your kids, won’t be sorry you read it.

I wanted to come up with some fun Science activities to go along with this book.
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First we made a lava lamp.  You will need to following supplies:

  • – Clear plastic bottle
  • – water
  •  – Vegetable oil
  • – Food coloring
  • – Alka-Seltzer (or other tablets that fizz)


  • Pour water into the plastic bottle until it is about 1/3 full
  • Add vegetable oil to the water until the bottle is almost full.  Let this sit.  After a few minutes you will notice the oil and water have separated.
  • Add 10-12 drops of food coloring to the bottle.  The food coloring will go through the oil and mix with the water.
  • Break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into 3-4 pieces.  Drop one of them into the bottle and see what happens.

Note:  If you add more tables to the bottle, the reaction will continue so you can enjoy this experiment longer.
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We decided to add more tablets, stir the mixture and see what happened.  The mixture bubbled up to the top and made a lot of foam which Little Chef K thought was pretty neat.
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Next we made a cloud in a jar.  I’m sorry that you can’t actually see the “cloud” in our jar, but it really is there.  For this experiment you will need:

  • Black paper
  • Gallon jar
  • Colored warm water
  • Matches
  • Gallon size bag of ice


  • Tape the black paper to the back of the jar, so you can’t see through the jar.
  • Fill 1/3 of jar with colored warm water.
  • Light the match and hold it over the jar opening.
  • After a few seconds, drop the match into the jar and cover the top of the jar with the bag of ice.

What do you see?!?

We hope that you have a great time with these experiments this week as you read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  Make sure you check our other book reviews, and stay tuned for the next ones.

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