Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

Since it’s been raining and this months popular theme is April Showers we decided to try one of our favorite science activities by making a rain cloud in a jar. Originally we did this activity during our C is for Cloud activities. Instead of just telling kids that rain clouds absorb water to make rain you can show them with this simple visual experiment.

Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

 

Supplies:

Shaving Cream

Clear Skinny Container or small cup

Water

Food Coloring

Eye Droppers

Small dish

 

Directions:

Fill dish with water and add a few drops of food coloring. This is going to be the rain.

Fill the container two-thirds of the way full with water. Squirt a blob of shaving cream on the top. This is going to be the cloud.

Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

Let children use the eye droppers to drop water onto the top of the cloud. Kids can count the drops until it starts to rain.

Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

Just like a real cloud, the cloud in the jar will not begin raining right away because it needs to absorb enough water to drop through the bottom. Eventually the rain will begin when the colored water pierces through the cloud and drips into the jar. Watching the colored rain is extremely mesmerizing. My kids loved using the eye droppers which is a great way for them to practice fine motor control. Eventually we added different colors to our cloud so the kids could watch the colors swirl together. They would guess what color the rain drops were going to make which was perfect for my son who is learning how to make secondary colors.

Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiment

To go with this activity check out our Rain Cloud Math Activity or our Build a Cloud Sensory & Texture Play (pictured below).

Build a Cloud Sensory Play

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Katie is a mom of two young kids that she gets to play with everyday as a stay at home mom. She loves to come up with educational activities, printables, crafts, and things to keep her kids learning and smiling. See what they have been up to on her blog: A Little Pinch of Perfect
About Katie

Katie is a mom of two young kids that she gets to play with everyday as a stay at home mom. She loves to come up with educational activities, printables, crafts, and things to keep her kids learning and smiling. See what they have been up to on her blog: A Little Pinch of Perfect

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