The kiddo was asking how rain worked, so we came up with these mason jar rain clouds. They’re a super fun STEM science experiment for spring!
Mason Jar Rain Clouds
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about answering the kiddo’s deep questions with science experiments. The latest question: how do rain clouds work? So, we whipped up this fun mason jar rain clouds science experiment for spring and learned a lot!
The kiddo really enjoyed playing with the shaving cream afterward, too, so it’s more than just a 5 minute STEM activity for kids–it’s a fun way to play, too! So, if you’re ready to make a rain cloud in a jar, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Spring Science Experiment
- The bigger the jar, the more water, the more shaving cream–the more everything. So, keep that in mind, if you use a bigger mason jar, you will want to increase everything.
- You can turn this into a rainbow rain cloud in a jar by just adding different colors of food coloring. Call it unicorn rain cloud and make it fun.
- There won’t be anything left if you let this spring science experiment sit, so don’t try to save it. If you want to repeat the experiment, it will need to be fresh.
How Do I Make Mason Jar Rain Clouds?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Clear jar or vase
- Squirt bottle
- Food coloring
- Shaving cream
- Fill the clear jar or vase with water.
- Fill the squirt bottle with water and add food coloring until the desired color is reached.
- Squirt the shaving cream on top of the water in the jar to form a cloud.
- Slowly squirt the colored water in the squirt bottle into the shaving cream cloud.
- Keep adding colored water to the cloud and watch the rain form inside the jar. To explain this science experiment to your kids, equate the colored water to the air and the shaving cream to a cloud. As the cloud becomes more saturated with water, they produce rain.
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