Rain Cloud Science Experiment
Math & Science
2.5 – 4 years
Here comes the rain. Explore clouds and rain in a hands-on, engaging way. This experiment recreates the wonders of the weather system, encouraging positive exploration and inquiry.
- Two small containers or bowls
- Shaving foam
- Blue food colouring
- Eye dropper or plastic pipette
Setting up the Experiment
- In one small container, add water and a few drops of blue food colouring. This represents rain.
- Fill the second small container with water, stopping around 1″ from the rim.
- Add a thick layer of shaving foam on top of the water. The shaving foam represents a cloud, and the water is the atmosphere.
Conducting the Experiment
- Using the eye dropper, slowly release the blue-coloured water drops onto the shaving foam. Repeat a few times and pay attention to what happens below the foam.
- The blue-coloured water will slowly seep through the foam and mimic the look of rain.
Once you have completed the experiment, go outdoors and look up at the clouds. Explain to your child how the experiment represents real-life clouds.
At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.
Where does rain come from?
There are many types of clouds, however, only clouds that do not evaporate in the sky will produce rain.
Water vapour from oceans, rivers and lakes rise, then cool down in the atmosphere; forming tiny droplets of water that slowly combine to create clouds. Some clouds grow larger and become too heavy to stay in the air. This is when they begin falling to the ground as rain.
Conversations with your child
- How do you know when its going to rain?
- Can you tell me some good things about rain?
- What does the shaving foam represent?
- What are clouds made of?
- How do you feel when it rains?
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