A simple water cycle in a bottle activity to explore earth science! It’s definitely fun to make fizzy eruptions and explosions, but it is also important to learn about the world around us. This simple science discovery bottle is a quick and easy way to learn about the water cycle!

ENGAGING AND EASY WATER CYCLE ACTIVITY FOR KIDS!

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SCIENCE IN A BOTTLE

Have you ever created and used a science discovery bottle? They are an awesome way to engage young learners in understanding the world around them.  We love this type of VOSS plastic water bottle because they display the science activity nicely and are great for reusing throughout the year. We have used these bottles for many of our simple science and STEM activities.

WATER CYCLE IN A BOTTLE

ALSO CHECK OUT: Water Cycle In A Bag

YOU WILL NEED:

  • VOSS Plastic Water Bottle {or similar}
  • Water
  • Blue food Coloring {optional but helpful}
  • Sharpie

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HOW TO MAKE WATER CYCLE MODEL

STEP 1: Go ahead and draw clouds, a sun, water and land on the sides of the bottle. We each made a bottle.

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STEP 2: Mix up about a 1/4 cup of water and blue food coloring for each bottle and pour the water into the bottle.

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STEP 3: Place by the window!

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HOW DOES THE WATER CYCLE WORK

A few important terms relating to the water cycle are:

  • evaporation – turning from liquid into vapor (gas).
  • condensation – turning from vapor gas to liquid.
  • precipitation – the product of condensation that falls from the sky under gravity.  E.g.  drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, hail

The water cycle works when the sun heats up the water and it leaves the ground.  Think about water from lakes, streams, oceans, rivers, etc.  The liquid water goes up into the air in the form of steam or vapor (water vapor).

When this vapor hits cooler air it changes back to its liquid form and creates clouds. This part of the water cycle is called condensation. When so much of the water vapor has condensed and the clouds are heavy, the liquid falls back down in the form of precipitation. Then the water cycle starts over. It is continually in motion!

WHERE DOES RAIN GO?

When the water falls back down it may:

  • Collect in different bodies of water like rivers, streams, lakes or oceans.
  • Sink into the ground to feed plants.
  • Provide animals with water.
  • Run off into nearby bodies of water if the ground is already saturated.

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PUDDLES AND THE WATER CYCLE

If the ground is saturated the rain may form puddles. What happens to a puddle after it rains and the rain has stopped? Eventually, the water evaporates which is all part of the water cycle and at another point, it will fall back down to the ground again!

Of course with this water cycle bottle, you can not see each stage completely, but it is a great hands-on project to go along with talking about the water cycle with your kids. It’s a simple way to provide a visual for kids to see the changes. Just because it isn’t a bright sunny day, doesn’t mean the water cycle isn’t still plugging away.

MORE FUN WEATHER ACTIVITIES TO TRY

TORNADO IN A BOTTLE

MAKE A RAIN CLOUD

EXPLORE RAINBOWS AND LIGHT 

WATER CYCLE ACTIVITY FOR SIMPLE WEATHER SCIENCE!

Click on the image below or on the link for the best weather activities for preschool.

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