Those of you who follow me on social media know that, last month, I helped my twelve year-old son with his Science project for school. Although I am an educator, Science has never been my strongest subject and I struggled to find a project idea that I could help him with while enjoying ourselves at the same time. We eventually settled on analyzing food dyes in a variety of popular candies.
Next year, when my younger son enters fifth grade, I will have to help both of my boys with their Science projects and I know that it is going to be a lot of work. As a result, I have already begun to experiment with some fun ideas that I have found online and I’m hoping to choose some of them next spring when it’s time for my boys to submit their finished projects to their school’s yearly Science Fair.
This experiment is to teach kids how rain happens. Clouds form when water droplets from the earth evaporate into the air. They are super light, but when more and more come together, they get heavier and heavier. Once the clouds become too heavy, the water droplets will fall back down to earth creating rain drops.
Liquid food coloring
1. Fill your jar 3/4 way full with water (which will act as the sky)
2. Spray enough shaving cream on the water to cover the top of the water (which will act as the clouds)
3. Now drop a few drops of a few different colors of food coloring on top of the shaving cream (this will act as rain drops)
4. Once the clouds become too heavy, the rain will start to fall (it might take a couples minutes, just keep a close eye)
Variations of this experiment are geared towards children in grades three to five. It’s a great hands-on activity to illustrate to kids how clouds form. Some follow-up activities might include introducing them to the different types of clouds that they can find in the sky. I can’t wait to try this with my son next school year!
Let’s Discuss: What Science Project ideas have you helped your own children bring to life?
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