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.
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.
- Boiling water
- Ice cubes
- Lid to jar/ small bowl
- Pour boiled water in jar
- Cover jar with small bowl
- 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.
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.