Hands On Activity: Where Does Rain Come From?

SPRING is just a few short weeks away! My son who just turned five years old, has become more interested in how and why things happen. Typical toddler, huh? I decided to visually show him where rain comes from and how it happens. This was such a fun experiment to do with both the kiddos.

Items you will need: 

  1. Mason jars. You can use whatever size you have on hand.
  2. Shaving cream. I picked up some cheap Barbasol at Wal-Mart. One can is plenty!
  3. Blue food coloring.
  4. Pipette or dropper of any kind. 
  5. Small bowl with water. You will want to add your drops of food coloring to the bowl and mix it. Using just the food coloring will not work, because the food coloring was not heavy enough to fall through the shaving cream. We also used lots of shaving cream!

Directions: 

Fill your mason jars with some water. About half full is a great amount. Then squirt your shaving cream on top, until it fills the rest of the mason jar. At this point I explained to my son that the water represents the sky and the shaving cream represents the clouds.

Grab your small bowl of blue food coloring/water mixture and pipette. We used a push syringe, because that is all I had on hand and it worked perfectly! Before squirting the blue dye into the “clouds” ask your child what he or she thinks will happen. This is a great time to get their brains working and thinking outside of the box.

After discussing what we thought would happen, we dropped the blue dye on top of the shaving cream. It was really neat to see the blue dye float down the “cloud” and into the water or “air”. The more dye my children added the quicker it came down. This was a great time to explain that when it rains lots and lots, that means the clouds are SUPER full of little droplets of rain!

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