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Water Cycle in a Bag Weather Activity for Kids w/ Free Worksheet

Learning about weather is fascinating to kids who are very aware of the weather around them. But how water becomes clouds that eventually will rain down again in the¬†water cycle for kids can be confusing! This simple¬†water cycle in a bag project is a great way for kids to visualize the whole process from their classroom or kitchen window.¬†You can use this¬†water cycle activity with pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and up. We’ve also included¬†water cycle in a bag worksheet to enhance your learning!

Simple and FUN water cycle in a bag project helps kids visualize this weather phenomena with a hands-on weather activity!

Water Cycle in a Bag

Whether you are a parent adding some educational activities to your day, a homeschooler making learning fun, or a teacher roudning out your¬†weather lesson plan – this¬†water cycle in a bag is sure to be a hit! Plus you’ll love that¬†water cycle in a bag experiment is super simple and quick to prepare! Use water cycle activities¬†with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 2, and elementary age students.

Water Cycle Worksheets

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Learning about weather is fascinating to kids who are very aware of the weather around them. But how water becomes clouds that eventually will rain down again in the water cycle for kids can be confusing! This simple water cycle in a bag project is a great way for kids to visualize the whole process from their classroom or kitchen window. You can use this water cycle activity with pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and up. We've also included water cycle in a bag worksheet to enhance your learning!

Water cycle activity

So what is the water cycle and how do you explain it to kids? We have handy water cycle worksheets and free flip book water cycle printables to help you explain it clearly, but let me recap it for you here for now.

Basically the water on Earth is constantly moving from one place to another at any given moment around the planet. The sun heats water fromlakes, oceans, rivers, etc which causes it to evaporate. The water vapor goes higher and higher in elevation where it bunches together with other water vapor to form clouds – this is called condensation. When too much water condenses and forms clouds, the clouds will eventually become heavy and then the water falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, or hail. The water then gets collected in oceans, lakes, or ponds. In due course, this water again gets evaporated initiating the whole cycle over and over.

Sealable Quart ziplock bag (other sizes would also work) Sharpie - black and other colors optional 1/4 cup water blue food coloring tape or painters tape

Water cycle in a bag experiment

To try this super simple water cycle in a bag project all you need are a few simple materials you probably have laying around your house:

  • Sealable Quart ziplock bag (other sizes would also work)
  • Sharpie – black and other colors optional
  • 1/4 cup water
  • blue food coloring
  • tape or painters tape

Water cycle experiment

Start by drawing a a basic water cycle on your bag. Depending on the child’s age it may be very simple like ours with just a sun and a cloud or more complex with a mountain and runoff water. If you opt for a more detailed water cycle I recommend you upgrade to a galloon size ziplock bag to accomidate the addition information you will be adding.

Water cycle experiment in a bag

Water cycle experiment in a bag

Add 1/4 cup of water (or more depending on the size of your bag) to your ziplock bag and add a couple drops of blue food coloring to make the color pop and allow children to easily see the water collection at the bottom. It does help somewhat in seeind the evaporated water droplets that gather the top too.  Seal the top.

Water cycle experiment

Water cycle for kindergarten

Use tape to affix the bag to a sunny window where the water cycle can commense and your student(s) can easily see what is happening.

Water cycle for kindergarten

Water cycle ziploc bag

This is a very simple recreation of a complex, but reliable water cycle that takes care of all living things on our planet. The Earth has a finite or limited amount of water. The heat of the sun evaporates water from oceans, rivers, and streams into water vapor that rise. The droplets collect and form clouds. In our water cycle experiment in a bag the blue water at the bottom got hot and gegan to evaporate and rise up the bag towards the top. Then, as that vapor cools, it begins to change back into liquid (condensed) just like a cloud would. When the air couldn’t hold any anymore condensation, it fell down as water droplets in the form of precipitation.

In the real water cycle, rain has more choices on where to go and it may not even be rain at all Рit could be sleet or snow. Rain may fall  on dirt where it soaks into the soil and either becomes ground water that animals and plants drink or it runs over the soil and falls into rivers, oceans or lakes. The water cycle repeats itself over and over again, all year long.

  air-presssure-science-projects-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. 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! Homemade-Weather-Vane-and-Compass-Activity

Weather Activities

If you are ready to learn about the types of clouds, we have lots of fun cloud activities and cloud worksheets to add to your weather unit! Simply print the free cloud printables and you are ready to learn about, review, and make a cloud craft by making clouds with cotton balls. Get ready to play and learn wih these cloud activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade, and grade 4 students. Are you studying about weather for kids? This simple, but memorable weather science experiments will help kids understand that clouds behave like water since a cloud is made mostly of water. This easy weather science experiments is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too. All you need are a few simple materials for this cloud experiment. Simple and FUN water cycle in a bag project helps kids visualize this weather phenomena with a hands-on weather activity! This Water Cycle Book is a great way to work on reading and fine motor skills while learning about the water cycle for kids. Use this free water cycle printables as part of a water cycle study, study of life cycles in science, summer learning, or extra practice. This set includes a water cycle explanantion for kids from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. Simply print water cycle for kindergarten pdf file and get ready to play and learn as part of a fun science or weather study.

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Learn all about weather with this fun week-long Weather theme! Your kids will enjoy learning about weather for kids with these weather activities. These weather activities for kids are fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. We've included weather printables, hands-on weather experiments for kids, cute weather crafts, and so much more! growing a rainbow capillary action experiment bubble-wrap-rain-craft-for-spring 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. 

Weather Theme

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water cycle in a bag worksheet

Water cycle in a bag worksheet

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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