Cloud Jars – weather/cloud lesson

Exploring clouds through science and discovery
Creating a cloud jar was a great way to extend our morning discussion on cumulus clouds…

The process
We started by covering the entire table with two layers of good quality paper towels. Then each child (threes through – Prek) was given their own mason jar filled 2/3′s with water. In addition, each child shared four cups of colored water (we added food color) with a partner. Every child was also given a dropper to work with…

I had different helpers help me set out the jars and the colored water. Each child was so intrigued by the mason jars that they worked extra hard to be very careful with them. As we set up the table for our science experiment, we talked about each color of water and what they were going to do…

Once we had all the water and colored water in place, Mrs. Stewart added a “cumulus cloud” (shave cream) on top of the water in each child’s jar…

And then Mrs. Stewart demonstrated how to add drops of color on top of the shave cream then to watch carefully as the color made its way through the “cloud” and then dropped into our clear water down below…

Now it was time to let the children explore the process on their own. They were so focused and interested in coloring their clouds and as the colored water started to flow below the cloud, the children would shout out for me to come and see…