Looking for a fun science experiment for kids at home or at school? They’ll be in awe watching this Rain Cloud in a Jar experiment.
This simple to make science experiment with shaving cream is a great way to teach kids how rain comes out of clouds. It’s also really cool to watch the food coloring go through the shaving cream and into the water.
Your kids will want to do this shaving cream rain clouds experiment over and over again. Check it out and try this easy science experiment at home today!
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Rain Cloud in a Jar Science Experiments for Kids
You going to be amazed how cool the Rain Cloud in a Jar science experiment is to make. It’s an easy way to help kids understand weather science by letting them visualize how rain works.
The best part is all you need are 3 items to create this simple experiment which makes it easy to do at home or in a classroom.
What You Need
- Shaving Cream – I pick this up at Dollar Tree to save money
- Food Coloring
- Clear mason jar, glass jar, or small vase
How to Make a Rain Cloud Science Experiment
First, add water to almost the top of your mason jar or vase. Let the kids know that the water represents air.
Next, add a thin layer of shaving cream to the top of the water. Tip: If you make the shaving foam too thick it will take longer for the food dye to go through.
The shaving cream represents real clouds or water vapor.
Now add drops of food dye to the top of the shaving cream cloud. We used blue food coloring to display rain the first time we did the experiment
The food dye represents droplets of water vapors coming out of the clouds in the form of rain. As the rain forms the mason jar will eventually be all blue water.
After using blue dye the kids had fun trying different colors to see what the water in the jar would look like.
If you add a couple of colors of food dye you can make a rainbow rain which looks awesome. The kids had so much fun they wanted to do this experiment over and over again.
As you do the experiment you can talk to the kids about water being heavier than the rain clouds. Watch as the rain droplets (food dye) gets heavier and moves through the clouds down to the water (air).
Then you can talk about how this simple activity shows them part of the water cycle.
Isn’t this Rain Cloud in a Jar an easy science activity? I hope that your kids will enjoy doing this rain cloud experiment at home or school as much as my kids have.
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