Feb 8, 2014

Rain Clouds in a Jar {Experiment}

Here is an easy to set up Science experiment that the kids will love.  We have made rain clouds in a jar a few times in the past, and the girls love this activity more each time we revisit it.

Rain Clouds in a Jar
Experiment for Kids- Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar {Fun & educational Science kids LOVE!}

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Before making rain clouds in a jar discuss how it rains and what causes rain to form.  Review where rain comes from and the process of how rain clouds form.  The girls and I Googled a few questions and discussed some of the information we found.  We also read a few weather related books (see below).

Rain Clouds in a Jar Materials (affiliate links provided)

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Instructions
  • Fill the jars or containers you are using 3/4 of the way with water and then top with shaving cream. Allow a few minutes for the shaving cream to fully settle on top of the water
Experiment for Kids- Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar {Fun & educational Science kids LOVE!}

  • In a bowl mix several drops of blue food coloring with a little bit of water.  Add a pipette or two and the experiment can begin
Experiment for Kids- Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar {Fun & educational Science kids LOVE!}

  • Have kids fill their pipettes or droppers with blue water and squeeze it onto their cloud
Experiment for Kids- Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar {Fun & educational Science kids LOVE!}

  • Inserting the tip of the pipette into the cloud helped the cloud to fill.  Have them squeeze more and more blue water into the cloud.  As the cloud fills with water it will begin to rain

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You can also set up this experiment in the bath.  We first did this as part of a weather themed bathand Rosie loved it!  Be sure to check it out for more weather activities for kids.
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Books About Weather for Young Children
Click the affiliated photos to read a description of each book and take a peak inside.  These are all available for purchase on Amazon.

       

      

   
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