Rain in a jar

rain in a jar

Welcome to another Playful Preschool Wednesday post, where a team of bloggers share some free themed activities that you can do with your preschooler. Last week we played in a rainbow and this week the theme is weather.

My preschooler favorite weather is rainy weather. She likes to jump in puddles and make big splashes. During the rainy days of spring we spend lots of time outside sliding in mud and making mud pies.

rain In a jar

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I remember during one of our sick days my preschooler really wanted to play in the rain and she started to ask lots of questions. I decided to make her some rain inside on this day to shut her up. (I had kind of reached my limit with the questions that day.)

Rain in a jar

It’s easy to make and you most likely have all the stuff you need right now. With this activity we talked about condensation, evaporation, recycling of water, how the clouds are formed and more.

You need:

  • Jar
  • Boiling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lid to jar/ small bowl


  1. Pour boiled water in jar
  2. Cover jar with small bowl
  3. Place a few ice cubes inside the bowl

Now you want to sit and watch. The first time we did this experiment it seemed like it took forever to happen, but it happened. After a while you will begin to see little droplets falling from the bottom of the bowl.

rain in a jar

We discussed this and then tried a few more things afterwards. We tried the boiled water and hair spray in the jar, no water and a lit match in the jar and for us the best results were the boiled water and hairspray to make a cloud.

This was fun for us and it was able to keep her mind off the fact that I was not letting her out my house to play in the rain that day.

If you would like to see other weather activities for preschool aged kids then click on one of the links below from my fellow bloggers.


Plan Your Weather Themed #PLAYfulPreschool Learning Week:

Preschool Songs: I’m a Cloud by Growing Book By Book
Let’s Make Rain: A Pre-Writing Activity by The Educators’ Spin On It
Weather Sensory Bin by Fun-A-Day

Rain in a Jar by Tiny Tots Adventures

15 Responses to Rain in a jar

  1. We love simple science experiements!
    Amanda Boyarshinov recently posted…Let’s Make Rain: A Pre-writing Activity for PreschoolMy Profile

  2. Theresa says:

    What a fun experiment! Our kids would love this. We will have to try it out.
    Theresa recently posted…Simple Evaporation ExperimentMy Profile

  3. neat science experiment!
    susen @Dabbling Momma recently posted…Calming Bedtime BooksMy Profile

  4. Danielle says:

    Great science experiment! We still need to try this one sometime.

  5. I must admit, I still like to jump in puddles from time to time! 🙂 Great experiment – I need to try this one out soon.
    Mary Catherine recently posted…Preschool Weather Activities Sensory BinMy Profile

  6. Christina says:

    Super cool experiment! I love science with the kids!

  7. Such a classic simple science activity. A great discussion tool to talk about science concepts.
    Jodie @ Growing Book by Book recently posted…The Important Book: Making Interactive All About Me BooksMy Profile

  8. seriously great experiment! I cant wait for us to do all of these!
    Nicolette Roux recently posted…Make a Pinwheel Weathervane for Preschool Wind WatchingMy Profile

  9. Cerys says:

    Fantastic experiment and so easy to set up. I know what we will be doing this week.
    Cerys recently posted…How hard has it rained – a preschool weather investigationMy Profile

  10. Cathy says:

    This is so cool! My son loves science, experiments and weather! He has to try this! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays! 🙂
    Cathy recently posted…Happy St. Patrick’s DayMy Profile

  11. Jen Walshaw says:

    Totally love this. Thank you for linking up at #Fabulously Frugal with your great post.

  12. Great science activity! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you join us again next week!
    Samantha @ Stir the Wonder recently posted…Easter Egg SmashMy Profile

  13. Heather H says:

    My kids would enjoy this – I did a slightly different version with fifth graders one year, and had forgotten all about it. Great classic science fun! Thanks again for sharing with Everything Kids 🙂
    Heather H recently posted…The Easiest Ever Kids Pallet ProjectMy Profile

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