The weather over here is unpredictable; one day its hot and the next its cold. Today has been pretty dull with our skies filled with dark rain clouds. So we thought what can we do to bring some excitement indoors…RAIN CLOUDS EXPERIMENT!
We have seen this done so many times so we decided to give it a shot ourselves. We gathered all the materials to start this exciting experiment. The best part about this activity is that it uses very little resources while also teaching your little ones about how rain clouds are made.
A cloud is made of water drops or ice crystals floating in the sky. It then turns into gas called water vapor, which goes higher in the sky. The air then gets cooler and causes the water droplets to start to stick to things like bits of dust, ice or sea salt. The droplets in the clouds then turn into larger drops, the clouds become full and the droplets begin to fall (rain).
- Food colouring
- Glass/Plastic jar
- Baby jars
- Shaving cream
- Panadol dropper/ Pipette
Now if you’re like me and don’t have a pipette lying around the house you can use an old panadol dropper. I never liked using them with my children despite the fact of telling my husband to not buy panadol with the dropper. I ended up storing them in case we might need to use them in some kind of way, so today was the day we got to use this perfect tool for our experiment!
We first took 3 baby jars and filled them about a quarter full of water. Oli choose his three favourite colours, red, blue and green. We added about five to six drops of food colouring in each jar.
Next we took our big jar and filled it up roughly three quarters full of water. This is so there is enough room to add a layer of shaving cream to the top.
Once all the jars were ready we began our fun experiment. After practicing how to use the dropper, Oli took the blue coloured jar and added some drops to our big jar filled with shaving cream. The more drops of dye we added the closer we got to seeing some “rain”. Once we began to see some blue dye break through the rain cloud Oli’s face lit up with excitement.
He couldn’t wait any longer to add the other colours to our rain cloud. As we continued to add the other colours the water began to mix and change it’s colour, this was a lovely way to watch colours mix and create different colours.