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Cloud in a Jar Experiment

Cloud in a Jar Experiment by Learning 4 Kids

Cloud in a Jar Experiment is an extension activity from our C is Cotton Cloud Collage. Both activities have been inspired by the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle (Affiliate link).

Creating a Cloud in a Jar is a great way of extending the learning about clouds and to get kids thinking about how it rains and what causes rain.

What you will need?

What you will need for cloud in a jar science experiment

Making a Cloud in a Jar is so simple to set up and you only need basic items from around the house. You will need a jar, blue food colouring, shaving cream and water.

Let’s Make

how to make a cloud in a jar experiment using shaving cream
  1. Add water to the jar.
  2. Squirt some shaving cream on top. The thicker the layer of shaving cream the longer it takes for the drops of colour to come through.
  3. Squeeze drops of blue food colouring on top of the shaving cream.
  4. Watch carefully as the makes its way through the “cloud” and then drop into the clear water down below.

Let’s Play

how to make a cloud in a jar - what is happening

Some Ideas:

  • Draw a picture of what you saw happening with the cloud in a jar experiment.
  • Re-use the coloured shaving cream and place it into a tub for sensory play.
  • Try different coloured food dye and create a raining rainbow.
  • Make predictions before the activity and talk about what is happening throughout the process. Use descriptive language.

Let’s Learn

Cloud science experiment - making a cloud in a jar

Learning Opportunities

  • Language development: Using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions.
  • Make connections with real life experiences.
  • Promote scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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