Children are naturally curious about the world around them and enjoy exploring new concepts through hands-on activities. One fun and engaging activity that can help children learn about weather and the water cycle is creating a rain cloud in a jar. This science activity is easy to set up and is sure to spark the imagination of children of all ages.
In this blog post, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a rain cloud in a jar. We will also explain the science behind the activity and the concepts that children can learn from it. Additionally, we will provide tips for making the activity more interactive and engaging, so your child can get the most out of the experience.
Not only is the rain cloud in a jar activity educational, but it also provides a great opportunity for parents and children to bond and learn together. So whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, this activity is perfect for rainy days or any time you want to explore the wonders of the water cycle with your child.
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Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar
Making a rain cloud in a jar experiment is a fun and educational activity for kids of all ages. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own rain cloud in a jar:
- A clear jar or glass
- Shaving cream
- Blue food coloring
- A dropper or pipette
Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar Instructions
- Fill the jar with water about 3/4 of the way full.
- Spray a thick layer of shaving cream on top of the water to create a “cloud” on top.
- In a separate bowl, mix a few drops of blue food coloring with water to create the “rain.”
- Using a dropper or pipette, drip the blue water onto the top of the shaving cream cloud.
- Watch as the blue “rain” droplets start to gather on the underside of the shaving cream cloud, eventually becoming heavy enough to break through the “cloud” and fall into the water below.
- Explain to your child that this is how rain clouds work in the sky – moisture gathers in the clouds and eventually becomes heavy enough to fall as rain.
- Optional: You can experiment with different colors of food coloring or try adding a drop of vinegar to the blue water to make the rain droplets fall more quickly.
Science Behind Rain Cloud in a Jar
The science behind a rain cloud in a jar experiment lies in the water cycle and how clouds form. When water evaporates from the Earth’s surface, it rises into the atmosphere and eventually cools, condensing into tiny water droplets. These droplets combine to form clouds, which can grow larger and larger until they become heavy enough to release their moisture as rain.
In the rain cloud in a jar experiment, the shaving cream represents the cloud and the blue water droplets represent the rain. When the blue water is added to the shaving cream cloud, it seeps through the shaving cream and collects on the bottom of the cloud. As more water droplets form and gather on the underside of the cloud, they eventually become heavy enough to break through the shaving cream and fall into the water below.
This simple experiment is a great way to teach children about the water cycle, the science behind clouds, and how rain is formed. It’s also a hands-on way to engage children in learning and spark their curiosity about the natural world.
This craft is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up.
The mess level for this craft is low.
Difficulty to Create
Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!
Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers
There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!
But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.
Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.
Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again!
These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!
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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.