If you are putting together a weather theme for April showers, here’s a rain cloud model with sponges the kiddos are going to love! Science doesn’t get much simpler than a sponge and a cup of water! Explore weather science and rain clouds. Where does rain come from? How do clouds make rain? These are all great questions that kids love to ask. Now you can show them how a cloud works with this easy to set up rain cloud model for simple science for preschoolers.
EXPLORE HOW CLOUDS MAKE RAIN FOR PRESCHOOL WEATHER THEME!
HOW DOES RAIN FORM
Get ready to add this simple sponge rain cloud activity to your weather theme lesson plans for preschool this season. If you want to learn all about where rain comes from, let’s dig in. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun weather activities for kids.
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HOW TO MAKE A RAIN CLOUD
Let’s get right to our simple rain cloud model and finding out how clouds form rain. Grab a few simple supplies from around the house and be prepared to engage your kids.
This rain cloud activity asks the question: Where Does Rain Come From?
YOU WILL NEED:
- Blue food coloring
RAIN CLOUD SET UP:
Alternatively, you can try this using our shaving cream rain cloud method as well.
STEP 1: Get the sponge slightly damp. Put it on top of the jar.
STEP 2: Color some water blue.
STEP 3: Use a pipette to transfer the water into the sponge.
Like a cloud, it will eventually get over-saturated and start to drip through to the jar below, making rain.
MAKING RAIN CLOUDS IN THE CLASSROOM
Kids love water play so make sure to have plenty of paper towels handy too! Of course, you have plenty of sponges too. If you have simple trays to place each activity on, they will help contain any water spill. I do love dollar store cookie trays for this purpose.
HOW DO CLOUDS MAKE RAIN
Clouds are formed by water vapor rising in the air. These water molecules will clump together and eventually form a cloud you can see. These water droplets will attract more water droplets and the cloud will get heavier and heavier.
Like a cloud, the sponge will eventually get over-saturated and start to drip through to the jar below. When a cloud gets filled with water, it releases the water in the form of rain.
Check out this fun water cycle activity to learn more about where rain comes from.
MORE FUN WEATHER ACTIVITIES
- Tornado in a Bottle
- Simple Rain Cloud For Preschoolers
- Making Rainbows
- Water Cycle in a Bottle
- Cloud In A Jar
HOW DOES RAIN FORM FOR EASY WEATHER THEME SCIENCE!
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