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
Clear Skinny Container or small cup
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.
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.
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.
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