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Preschool Science Weather Activity
During our weekly homeschool coop with friends our unit study has been all about weather. We planned out our weeks of weather activities with each week having a topic. This week in particular was all about weather and cloud science. We had a math activity around clouds/ rain drops…a literature and art project about clouds…then a drum roll **** this fun preschool science weather activity – cloud experiment!
What you need for the Rain Cloud Science Experiment:
- Small glass jars
- Food coloring
- Shaving Cream
- Large Clear Glass container
- Syringe, Eye Dropper or measuring spoon
How to make the Rain Cloud Science Experiment:
How do you make a shaving cream cloud in a jar?
- Pour a small amount of water into small glass jars.
- Place approximately 10 drops of food coloring into a jar – one jar per color.
- Fill your Large Clear Glass container about 2/3 full of water.
- Using shaving cream to make fluffy clouds – fill the rest of the jar with shaving cream.
- Using a syringe begin to drop “rain” into the clouds (shaving cream) as it links through the kids will see the colored water create rain as your “cloud” fills up.
This is a really fun and simple…not to mention cool science experiment that any age kid will love! The sheer excitement I heard as the rain drops began falling through our cloud.
Ask simple questions for the STEAM Activity for Preschoolers i.e.
Science- How are clouds formed? How do clouds “make” rain?
Technology – We watched a simple video on clouds and rain…learned the different types of clouds as well.
Arts – We talked about the colors and mixing colors – when the colors mixed what other colors did we create?
Math – talk about the amount of water you are using in the your jars, I had the kids count the food coloring drops with me as they dropped in. Get the kids involved!
It’s fun to learn about cloud science!!
Clouds are formed when water vapor rises into the air and condenses onto tiny particles of dust. When billions of these droplets come together, a cloud becomes visible.
Then the droplets and crystals that make up a cloud can attract more water to themselves.
The water droplets then grow heavy and gravity pulls them down as raindrops.
The rain cloud in a jar science experiment is a very simple model of how it rains, but it gives your preschooler and young children a hands on – visual science project that is valuable in learning.
For MORE STEAM Activities visit us –> STEAM Activities for Preschoolers
This post is inspired by Rain Cloud in a Jar with the STEM Laboratory – here. Our rain became rainbow rain!!
We are a husband and wife team, pairing our strengths together to teach our preschooler in the most fun and engaging way we possibly can. The mister is a high school educator at Northlake Christian school in Covington Louisiana and over the Innovation Center, which is all things STEAM. I am a SAHM that blogs pretty much everything we do in our little paradise, from what we eat, to where we travel to how we teach our little one. We hope you are inspired to incorporate STEAM into learning with your children.