This month is international craft month and we are a part of an amazing collaboration with @harassedmom @inthesestilletos @momsartlier @harassedmom exploring the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). First up was science and there were too many wonderful experiments on Pinterest but “A rain cloud in a jar” particularly caught my eye. I can clearly remember sitting in class when I was younger and learning of the water cycle and learning that the water evaporates from the ocean, up in the sky condensation takes place and then when the cloud is saturated with water it starts to rain/ precipitation occurs. This experiment in the jar shows the process so nicely, much more fun to learn than the diagram that I had to study when I was at school ha ha ha ha.
To make a cloud in a jar you will need:
- A glass jar (so they can see the experiment as it works)
- Shaving cream
- Food colouring/ Food gel (mix with water)
How to make the cloud work:
- Fill the jar with cool water three quarters full (this is the “air” in this experiment)
- On top of the water fill the top quarter of the jar with shaving cream (this acts as the cloud in the experiment.)
- Then using the droppers drop the food colouring on top of the shaving cream.
- As you squirt more and more food colouring onto the shaving cream, the “cloud becomes heavier and heavier and coloured rain makes its way through the cloud into the water underneath.
- Use as many or as little colours of food colouring as you like.
- Have Fun..!!!!!
- The results are stunning and Perfectly Imperfect…
My kids enjoyed this experiment so much we went through three cans of shaving cream in one day, to be honest if we had had more shaving cream we would have continued it’s such a beautiful experiment to watch. Watching the coloured rain move in the glass so beautifully just reminded me that “life is not about waiting for the storm to pass its learning to dance in the rain!”