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.
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
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.
- Hot Water
- Blue Food Coloring (Optional)
- A Clear Empty Bottle
- 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.
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.
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
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.
- Paper Plate
- Colored Pencils
- Printable Labels & Pictures (if you want to use them)
- 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!
Weather Activities for Kids
- Free Printable Seasons Worksheets w/ Season Wheel Printable
- EPIC Lego Water Cycle Model for Kids
- Large Printable Weather Unit for kids
- Cloud for Kids
- Hibernation preschool activities learning about weather
- Severe Storms for Kids – includes tornado in a bottle, what to do in an emergency, and storm worksheets for kids
- How to Make a Weather Vane – easy weather science project for elementary age students
- Lots of fun ideas for a weather theme this week
- Clever Rain Craft for kids to make
- Simple Air Pressure Experiments for kids
- Lots of weather printables to help kids learn about weather terms whil epracticing math and literacy skills
- HUGE Free Printable Weather Unit for lower elementary age children – activities, weather worksheets, and more
Looking for more fun, summer science projects and activities to make learning fun for kids of all ages? You will love these ideas:
- EPIC Exploding Watermelon Science
- Charged Atoms Science Experiment
- Walking Water Science Project
- Ear Anatomy Science Project
- Beautiful Flowr Chromatography Science Project
- Colorful Candy Science
- Water Balloon Science Experiment
- Plastic Milk Science Experiment
- Crystal Egg Geode Science Experiment
- 100 EDIBLE Science Experiments
Water Life Cycle Printables
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