Explore weather science with this quick and easy cloud activity.  Make a visual model of a rain cloud for young kiddos. Perfect for a Spring weather theme or home science activity, making a rain cloud is a fantastic but simple science idea.

MAKE A RAIN CLOUD WEATHER ACTIVITY FOR KIDS!

Rain Cloud Spring Science preschool activity for weather science

Try this quick and easy cloud activity for fun weather science this Spring! We loved trying this a couple of years ago, so I thought now would be a great time to make a new rain cloud and see what my young learner knows about weather science!

This rain cloud activity is also a hit because it has one great sensory play material involved, shaving cream! Explore weather science with our Spring rain cloud model!

RAIN CLOUD ACTIVITY

YOU WILL NEED:

  • some sort of vase or even a mason jar filled with water
  • shaving cream
  • eyedropper
  • liquid food coloring
  • an extra bowl to mix the colored rainwater

Rain Cloud Spring Science Shaving Cream Weather Activity

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HOW TO MAKE A RAIN CLOUD

STEP 1:  Squirt a nice fluffy, puffy shaving cream rain cloud on top of the water in your vase or jar. We made a huge rain cloud.

STEP 2:  Mix up a separate bowl of blue tinted water. I heavily tinted it blue so we could see our rain cloud in action. Choose whatever colors you want to try for your cloud.

STEP 3  Use the eyedropper to squeeze the colored water into the shaving cream cloud. In the above picture, you can see the bottom of the cloud is quite full of our rain.

STEP 4:  Keep adding rainwater to your cloud and watch the storm take shape!

WHAT IS A RAIN CLOUD?

This rain cloud model is an easy weather activity for Spring science and a great way to show how clouds hold water until they can no longer hold it and then it rains!

The shaving cream is a picture of a cloud, which isn’t really light and fluffy like we imagine.  Instead, clouds form from water vapor (think of steam coming from a kettle) coming together in the atmosphere.

Adding drops to the shaving cream is like more water vapor coming together in a cloud.  In the atmosphere when water vapor cools, it turns into liquid water, the rain cloud becomes heavy and it rains.  In a similar way, our drops of colored water make the rain cloud “heavy” and it rains!

 Rain Cloud Spring Science For Fun And Playful Learning!

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  1. I absolutely love this idea! Would it be ok if I used one of these pictures for a school project? It will go up on a website for a hypothetical children’s STEAM library program about weather. I will give you credit, of course!

  2. Yes, that’s fine. Glad you like the idea. If it is going to be published on the internet, please add a link to this post! Thanks.

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