Winter is a great time to explore all sorts of weather. Between all the snow and ice across the country (and the few states lucky enough to have sunshine still) kids will be seeing plenty of examples of real weather. This experiment allows them to create their own rain and learn about the way rain is really made. Check it out:
- What you’ll need: Just a few simple items. A glass jar, a plate, some ice cubes, and some water.
- What to do: Heat up the water until it is steaming but not boiling. Pour the heated water into the jar until it is filled up about one third of the way to the top. Have your child place the plate on top of the jar to hold the heat in. Instruct them to wait a minute, letting the steam fill the jar. Then, have them place the ice cubes on top of the plate. Watch carefully as it begins to rain inside the jar! Have your child write or discuss what they are observing. This is a super easy experiment to replicate, so jump in and do it as many times as your child would like to watch the science happen.
- What to explain afterwards: As warm air rises into the sky, it cools. This warm air holds a lot of moisture which forms droplets as the air cools. When enough of these droplets gather, they form a cloud. As the clouds get bigger, those water droplets combine with each other, getting heavier and heavier until gravity pulls them back down to the ground. And voilà – rain!
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