# Look Up to the Clouds and Name What You See: Harnessing Imagination to Build Stronger Thinking in Mathematics

I see a dragon on his back, a troll, a moose head/reindeer head, and some kind of duck doing the back stroke. Ha! đź™‚ What do you see?

With Spring and Summer bringing beautiful clouds, this is a great time to plop on the ground and look up at the sky! Â Have you ever played the game of naming clouds? Â Do you know that this might be great for your creative eyes to stretch and have some fun?

Just go outside and take a few minutes to look at some clouds and take turns with your child as to what they see and you see. Â Name some shapes too! Â Have lots of giggles and smiles! Â Your child might be able to see their favorite cartoon character, or a favorite animal. Â Here are some clouds that I thought were fun look at:

To me, these clouds look like sun glasses. Â My sons sees stretched out silly putty! Â What do you see?

A little later in the morning, the same cloud from above transformed to this! Â I see two space ships. Â My older son sees two eyes. Â What do you see?

These are special clouds as you may be able to see a fairy or two up in the sky đź™‚

The bigger cloud may look like a seahorse or dragon looking down. Â What do you see?

In Mathematics, the patterns, or solutions that we need to find are not always going to pop up at you and say “Here I am!”. Â I have used a lot of creativity and imagination to solve some mathematical problems. Â The more opportunities we take time to be creative in what we see, the easier it will be to see even the hardest patterns and solutions. Â It is helping yourself and your child to see and think outside of the box. Â It will also make it easier to explain it to someone else. Â We also need to remember that some of the most innovative advances in science have also come from authors of science-fiction. Â Creativity inspires! Â đź™‚

There is always more than one way to add, there is always more than one way to multiply, and there is always more than one way to approach a problem. Â Being an example to our children in this way can really help them adapt to challenges, seeing things differently, and knowing it is great to try another approach.

Remember, creativity and imagination go hand in hand with Mathematics! Â Having this attitude and belief will help us see just how attainable Mathematics really is to all of us. Â Enjoy being with the clouds!