Make a cloud in a jar with your kids as a fun and easy science experiment. This STEM activity makes for a great addition to a weather theme, or any sort of Earth science study.
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As a parent of young children, I’ve been itching to do more complex science experiments with them for quite a while at this point. We do our fair share of projects that are a bit above their level, and usually, I have to do most of it for them, with my little ones as not-so-quiet observers. And, don’t get me wrong! That’s fun too.
But this experiment is especially fun, because my kids can be pretty hands-on. They don’t understand exactly how clouds are formed, but that’s okay. We’ve been talking about the water cycle for a year now, and I know when the time comes for them to truly grasp it, they’ll have a leg up on it after hearing the vocabulary words and having hands-on experience for so long.
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Cloud in a Jar
Making a cloud in a jar for your homeschool weather unit or Earth science studies is easy. You probably already have all of the materials in your home right now!
Materials for this Science Experiment for Kids
- Glass jar
- Jar lid and ring
- Ice cubes
- Warm water
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Step 1: Gather your materials. Heat up the water and bring it all to your school table. Pour the warm water 1/4 of the way up in the jar and swish it around so it heats up the sides of the jar.
Step 2: Have your child place the lid upside down on top of the jar with a few ice cubes. Leave it there for about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Quickly remove the lid, spray a bit of hairspray in, and replace the lid with ice cubes on top.
Step 4: Watch the cloud form! Your child can remove the lid and watch the cloud escape.
How This Experiment Works
There are 3 things needed to make a cloud:
When the warm, moist air from the water and the cold air from the ice cubes meet, it creates a perfect temperature clash. The hairspray acts as the cloud condensation nuclei. When the water vapor cools, it forms around the hairspray droplets. When you release the trapped “cloud,” your child will watch in awe as their little cloud releases!
What weather activities and science experiments have you done with your homeschoolers? Let me know in the comments below!
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