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Rain Clouds in a Jar Weather Activities with FREE Worksheet

Make learning about clouds for kids FUN with these engaging cloud activities. We have several weather activities for spring including rain cloud in a jar, cotton ball types of cloud activity with cloud printables, and free printable cloud in a jar experiment worksheet. 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!

Clouds for kids

Here is first week in our science weather unit using these  free  Weather Worksheets and activities. For this clouds for kids lesson students will have a chance to try some cloud science, cloud workseets, and cloud activities to make learning fun. Start out with the always popular cloud in a jar. In this super easy shaving cream rain clouds activity children will see how saturation of evaporated rain leads to rain with a colorful visual kids will always remember.

Cloud printables

Make sure to go grab it to get weather worksheets – complete with activities, experiments, and more. Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The printable clouds and cloud in a jar experiment worksheet pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

Cloud in a Jar

Cloud in a Jar

Have you tried the Rain Cloud Experiment? This simple, fun weather activity for kids is a great way to help kids understand what clouds and rain have to do with each other.  Basically you fill your glass 3/4 of the way up with water. Now fill the remaining area with white shaving cream. Use an eye dopper to add several drops of food coloring to the top of the shaving cream cloud.


  • clear glass
  • water
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring

Cloud in a jar experiment

Cloud in a jar experiment

When the cloud gets too heavy (saturated with liquid), the drops fall through the cloud as rain! Tell kids that when water droplets gget too heavy in the sky, gravity pulls them down from the clouds as rain. This simple rain experiment is an easy way to demonstrate.

Shaving cream rain clouds

Shaving cream rain clouds

Then to illustrate how clouds hold moisture the kids put about 20 drops of food coloring in the “cloud” It took about 7 minutes for my son’s cloud to become heavy enough that it began to rain – you can see the colored rain. My daughter’s cloud went faster. We hypothesized it was becasuse either her shaving cream cloud layer was smaller (so it would become saturated quicker) or that she ended up putting more moisture (food coloring) in the top. It was fun to see the differences nd watch it rain while the clouds remaided fluffy and white.

Rain in a jar experiment

Rain in a jar experiment

This is really a very quick and easy weather experiment that is simple to set-up, produces a pretty WOW effect kids will remember, and is a great demonstration of why it rains for kids.

cloud in a jar experiment worksheet

Cloud in a jar experiment worksheet

Plus don’t miss grabbing the rain cloud in a jar experiment worksheet to help kids record their findings.

make a cloud in a bottle science experiment

Cloud in a bottle

We did an experiment to create clouds in a bottle! If you look closely you can see a vertical wispy cloud! Isn’t that cool?! Instruction are in the FREE Weather Pack.

cloud worksheets graphing clouds

We observed clouds for a couple weeks and made a graph. The no cloud days definitely “won”.  We did some fun, preschool type worksheets. One of our favorites is the Roll & Add Cloud worksheets. They loved putting their colorful magnets on top of the numbers on rainbow the dice rolled add up to.

Weather Unit - Clouds for Kids

Types of clouds for kids

We also made cloud art using the classic – cotton ball cloud! It may be old, but it is still just as fun for kids today =)
Weather Unit - Clouds for Kids

Cloud activity for kids

I don’t know about you, but it is pretty much a given that if we are going to study clouds we won’t have any! (You saw our chart above, right?!) Because I know that is how things go, I started taking pictures of clouds before hand. I put the cloud printables in sheet protectors and then let the kids draw to make the clouds come alive. This was the indoor way to lay on the grass, look up at the clouds, and see things in them – the way I had planned it! But it worked pretty well. The kids had SO much fun!

We read some good books on clouds and weather (see below for titles).

Make teaching kids about weather fun and EASY with this free weather unit. These Weather Worksheets help kids explore a variety of weather topics as well as some weather themed worksheet for early math and literacy too. Use these free weather printables as preschool, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and kindergarten weather worksheets. Simply print pdf file with weather worksheets for kids and you are ready to learn!  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.

Weather Activities for Kids

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply print free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!  EASY Stained Glass Craft for Kids - this fun art project is great for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary age age and families to make to bright their front door or a window up with a spring craft for kids. You will love this art project

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Learn about clouds for kids with this FUN unit with cloud activities, rain in a jar experient, cloud in a bottle, worksheets, & more spring weather science!

Rain Cloud in a Jar Experiment 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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