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2 FUN, Hands-on Water Cycle Activities

Did you know that the water on the earth has been here for a LONG time and it just keeps getting recycled?? It’s true. We have two simple water cycle activities to help you teach about water cycle for kids. These science projects help you teach your littles all about the water cycle on the earth. Start with the water cycle experiment which provides a great way to see how water turns to gas and back into a liquid again. Then try our water cycle craft to help kids to reinforce the water life cycle. These are both fun ways to learn about the water cycle for kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade science.

two simple water cycle activities to help you teach about water cycle for kids. These science projects help you teach your littles all about the water cycle on the earth. Start with the water cycle experiment which provides a great way to see how water turns to gas and back into a liquid again. Then try our water cycle craft to help kids to reinforce the water life cycle. These are both fun ways to learn about the water cycle for kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade science. 

Water Cycle Activities

If you are teaching kids about the water cycle, you will want to see these fun water cycle activities. These are great additions to add to your  water cycle lesson plan with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade students. Whether you want an easy water cycle craft for kids or a simple water cycle science experiment – you will love these ideas to make science fun for kids! Parents, teacher, and homeschoolers will love using these ideas at home, in the classroom, or as a supplement to their homeschool science curriclum.

Water cycle experiment

Water cycle experiment

The first simple activity is a Water Cycle In A Bottle. It’s a super simple way to show children how the water cycle works also while recycling a plastic bottle. Children will be ecstatic to watch water turn to gas, turn back into a liquid, and circle back around to end up in the bottom of the bottle. Then it starts all over again.

Water cycle project for kids

You’ll need:

  • Hot Water
  • Blue Food Coloring (Optional)
  • A Clear Empty Bottle
  • Sharpie
  • Ice Cubes
  • A cup or something to hold the bottle up, because you will turn it upside down.

To make this water cycle in a bottle, start with the outside. First, turn the bottle upside down. You’ll take the sharpie and draw the various parts of the water cycle on the outside of the jar. This is to give kids a visualization of how the water cycle works. We drew the ocean on the “bottom” (which is actually the top of the bottle, but you have turned it upside down). Then on the top, draw a sky. You can even add fish to the ocean and birds in the sky.

water cycle for kindergarten

Add food coloring to the hot water if you’re going to add the color. Then pour it into the bottle, tighten the lid and tip it upside down again. Place it upside down in the cup. Put ice cubes on the flat bottom (now top) of the bottle.

water cycle for kids

Slowly but surely you will start to see condensation forming and maybe even a cloud. You can then talk about how the water cycle works.

Water Cycle Craft with free printables for collection, evaporation, condensation, precipitation

Water cycle craft

The second activity is a paper plate version of the water cycle with a water dropplet that spins around the various parts of the cycle.

You’ll need:

  • Paper Plate
  • Colored Pencils
  • Printable Labels & Pictures (if you want to use them)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • 1 Brad

On the top part of the paper plate draw or add the printable pictures to create the sky. The bottom half of the paper plate is the ocean and ground. Again, you can add fish to the ocean and birds in the sky if you would like.

Cut out the labels from the printable and place them in the right places, use the picture below for reference.

 

Water cycle project for kids

Next you’ll want to cut the arm that the water droplet will move with, we cut it out of cardstock. It should be the length of a little shorter than half of the paper plate.

Glue the raindrop image, from the printable, on one end of the arm and connect the other side to the middle of the paper plate with a brad. Now you can move the raindrop through the water cycle, just like the water actually goes through the water cycle.

How fun are those activities? They are both the perfect visualization of how the water cycle works in real life.

We like doing these activities at the beginning of spring when it starts to get rainy often. Realistically though, you can do this activity anytime of the year!

 

Make learning about clouds for kids FUN with these engaging cloud activities. As children learn all about clouds for kids they will try the rain cloud experiment, cotton ball cloud activity for kids, grab the cloud printables, and make a cloud in a bottle. Use the cloud in a jar experiment with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. Whether you do all the cloud lesson or just the hugely popular rain experiment - this is sure to be a fun spring activity for kids!  We made a Lego Water Cycle to help kids visualize what we learned. We’ve made other water cycle crafts and my kids all loved them, but turning it into a lego activity for kids may have taken the cake! You've got to try this water cycle model that is fun AND educational too! This is a fun water cycle project for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too.

Weather Activities for Kids

Watermelon Explosion Science - this fun kids activity is an edible science experiment to help kids learn about potential and kinetic energy. Such a fun idea for preschool, kindergarten, elementary age kids, and more to add to their summer bucket list or for a watermelon theme #scienceexperiment #summerbucketlist #kidsactivities capillary-action-science-experiment-for-kids water-balloon-science-experiments

Summer Science

Looking for more fun, summer science projects and activities to make learning fun for kids of all ages? You will love these ideas:

 

Water Life Cycle Printables

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