Make rain in a jar! This is the Spring-themed activity in Kitchen Chemistry: Weather Science, created by Audrey Hagopian for our Charter a Summer of Learning guide.
Materials for Rain in a Jar
Clear glass jar or cup
Extra bowl or cup
Shaving cream (foam, not gel)
Dropper/pipette (alternatively, a spoon can be used)
Procedure for Rain in a Jar
Fill the clear glass jar ¾ full with water.
Spray shaving cream on top of the jar covering the water to form your “cloud.”
In a separate bowl/cup, mix water with a few drops of food coloring.
Using the dropper, drop the colorful water onto the shaving cream “cloud” 1 drop at a time.
When the rain cloud becomes saturated enough, watch as the “rain” comes breaking through the “cloud!”
Note: If you do not have a dropper or a pipette, a spoon can be used to pour a few drops at a time of the colorful water onto the shaving cream “cloud.”
Read More About Weather Science
“Cloud Formation,” NASA Climate Kids
“Sunny Science: Sun Up, Fade Out,” Scholastic
“Cloud,” National Geographic
“Snow,” Britannica Kids
More Kitchen Chemistry
Find activities for Summer, Fall, and Winter in the Kitchen Chemistry: Weather Science post created by Audrey Hagopian for our Charter a Summer of Learning guide.