If you’re a regular here, you know that we’ve been studying clouds lately. We had so much fun with our earlier experiment, creating a cloud in a jar, that the kids couldn’t wait to make it rain with their very own shaving cream rain cloud the next day.
Materials Needed to Create Shaving Cream Rain Cloud:
- Clear glass or jar
- Shaving cream
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors (Make your own watercolors!)
- Eye dropper
To create your cloud, fill your clear container partially with water. (About half full worked well for us.)
Then spray your shaving cream “cloud” on top of the water.
Once your cloud is formed, use the eye dropper to drip your liquid watercolors (or food coloring) onto the cloud. (This is a great opportunity to talk about how clouds can only hold so much liquid. As water droplets bump together and get larger, they eventually get too heavy for the cloud and fall as rain.)
I asked the kids to predict how many drops their cloud would be able to hold before it “rained.” Then they counted carefully to see if their predictions were right.
Eventually, we were able to see our own rain shower!
We had so much fun learning about clouds, I am sure the rest of our weather unit is sure to be a hit!