Cloud Science

Introduction: Summer is right around the corner so kids will spend a lot of time outside so lets introduce them to some weather activities! There are many different weather activities to try but I wanted to show a really hands on craft, so let’s get started!

Overview: Clouds are formed when water vapor evaporates and rises into the air from the ocean, lakes, and rivers below. The higher the water vapor goes the colder it becomes and condenses into water droplets. When all the water vapor condenses and comes together they form a cloud! The water droplets inside a cloud are always moving and bumping into each other. Sometimes, water droplets collide and join together then they form bigger water droplets. If these droplets reach at least 1/10 mm in size, they are big enough to fall to the ground as rain.

Materials: 

  • A glass jar                                        

    cloud in a jar

    Photo Credits: First Grade Roundup Blog

  • Water (tap or filtered is fine)
  • Shaving cream 
  • Blue food coloring (kids are literal learners so it will be easier for them to understand using the color blue to represent rain.)
  • A pipette (if the food coloring doesn’t come with one)

Activity:

  1. First fill the jar about three-quarters full with water. 

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    Photo Credits: Gift of Curiosity blog

  2. Fill the rest of the jar with shaving cream to create a cloud on top of the water, then let it settle in place for a little while.
  3. Then drop some food coloring on top of the “cloud” until you see it on the bottom.
  4. As the “cloud’ fills up the food coloring will begin to fall out of the bottom creating a rain like effect!
  5. You can also use different colors for your rain cloud to create a rainbow!
  6. Now you have officially made it rain! thankfully this rainstorm didn’t require an umbrella though! (:

 

 

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Photo Credits: Google Images

 

Questions to ask:

  1. What do you know about the water cycle? 
  2. Can you name the different types of clouds?
  3. How does rain happen?
  4. Where does rain come from?

 

Here are some other cool experiments to check out!

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2015/02/rock-candy-experiment.html

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/02/transform-those-valentines-day-flowers.html

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/quicksand.html

Mothers Day Flowers

Introduction: Moms always love a gift from their children and the best gift to give is a home made gift filled with love. Mothers day is a good time to make the day special for your mom and have a fun relaxing day. In this activity we will be learning about flowers and labeling the parts of a flower.

Materials:

  1. Colored construction paper.

    supplies

    Photo Credits: Google Images

  2. Scissors
  3. Markers
  4. Glue or tape
  5. Ruler
  6. A photo of you and mom!

 

Activity: 

  • Begin measuring the stem of the flower with a ruler and make it as big as you would like!
  • Cut out the stem and label it on the back.
  • Next trace your hands to create the petals
    tracing hand

    Photo Credits: Google Images

    of the flower. Then cut out the petals and label them on the back.

  • Cut a circle for the center of the flower and glue a picture of you and mom over the front of it!
  • Once you have all your parts cut out glue them together to make a flower!

 

Continuing the activity: 

  • On the stem of the flower write Happy Mothers Day!
  • On each of the petals write something you love to do with your mom.
  • Mothers day

    Photo Credits: The Crafty Crow

    Be ready for lots of hugs and kisses because mom is going to love your art work!

 

Questions: 

  1. Can you label the different parts of a flower?
  2. What are the 2 things flowers need to grow?
  3. Do you know what pollination is? What animals contribute to pollination?
  4. Do you know your moms favorite flower?

 

 

Check out some other cool mothers day ideas to try!

http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Clay-Charms/2146

http://blog.growingwithscience.com/2009/05/weekend-science-fun-mother%E2%80%99s-day-science-projects/

https://www.education.com/activity/article/faux-stained-glass-flower/

DIY Color Wheel

Introduction: Colors are everywhere and its always good to introduce kids to them all and how they can be mixed. In this experiment things are going to get a little…messy! Learning about primary colors and secondary colors is the goal today. Colors are always something fun to explore on a rainy day so lets get started.

Materials:                                  

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Photo Credits: Google Images 

  1. 2 paper plates
  2. Scissors
  3. 1 split pin to connect the plates
  4. Different finger paint colors

Activity: 

  • First begin with one of the plates and cut it about 2 inches smaller than the other plate.
  • Then cut a small window out of the smaller plate so the colors can show through.
  • Cut a small hole in the center of the plates and place the split pin in the middle to connect the plates.
  • Take some finger paints and start mixing some colors!
color wheel

Photo Credits: Science sparks

(You can use markers like the Science Sparks post or if you like a little mess try some finger paints!)

Decorating and personalizing the color wheel is also fun so draw what you like! Rainbows, butterflies, and more!

 

Another crafty color idea wont hurt…right!?

If you are looking for something a bit messier try some hands on paint mixing! This will really get the kids involved, as long as you don’t mind a bit of a mess when its all done!

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Photo Credit: Google Images 

Materials: 

  1. Washable finger paints
  2. Large sheets of white paper
  3. Markers to label

 

Enjoy your color mixing and making!! 

 

 

 

Questions:

  1. What are the primary colors? How many are there?
  2. What are secondary colors?
  3. What color do you get when you mix red and blue?
  4. How can you make the color green?
  5. Can you find a way to make your favorite color with the three primary colors?

 

Here are some more cool color experiments to check out!

http://www.learning4kids.net/2015/06/16/exploring-mixing-primary-colours-activity/

http://amomwithalessonplan.com/science-experiment/

https://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/08/07/a-lesson-in-color-mixing/

 

 

Spring Chromatography

Introduction:  In this fun experiment for kids we’ll be exploring chromatography (the separation of mixtures). We’ll use coffee filters to separate the various pigments in markers to see how each color was created!

Materials needed:                                                

  • Non permanent markers

    draw-and-label

    Photo Credits: Buggy and Buddy Blog

  • White coffee filters
  • Pencil Cups for water
  • Black pipe cleaners

Part One:

  1. Begin with one coffee filter, take one marker and create thick circles around the center.
  2. Use pencil to label the colors so you know what colors work best at the end.
  3. Fold the coffee filter in half twice to make a cone shape.
  4. Get a small plastic Tupperware jar and gently place the tip of the cone into the water. (Don’t let the color touch the water only the uncolored tip of the filter!)
colors

Photo Credits: Fun Science Blog

 

Part Two:

  1. Sit and watch as the colors flow throughout the coffee filter.
  2. Repeat as many times as you want to get the desired look.
  3. When the water has reached the edge of the coffee filter, take them out of the jars and water.
  4. Gently place them somewhere safe to dry over night.

 

 

 

Creating butterflies:                                                                                

flies

Photo Credits: Buggy and Buddy Blog

  • Cut a black pipe cleaner in half
  • Take one dry colored filter and scrunch it in the middle
  • Tie and shape the pipe cleaner around the colored filter
  • Hang them up and enjoy!

Creating Flowers: 

  • Before starting the experiment cut a hole in the middle on the coffee filters
  • Continue with the original procedure
  • When the filters are dry fold them in half and then half again to shape the flowers
  • Cut and shape pipe cleaners to the size you want and enjoy your flowers!
flowers 2

Photo Credits: Red Ted Art Blog

 

Questions to ask:

  1. What is chromatography?
  2. What colors do you see?
  3. What one is your favorite?
  4. What colors worked better than others?
  5. Did anything surprise you during the experiment?

 

Hope you had lots of fun! Check out some of the sites below for more science fun!

 

 

Here are some other fun chromatography experiments to look at too!

http://buggyandbuddy.com/mixing-colors-color-array-using-a-tray-and-pipettes/

http://fun-science.org.uk/fun-science-flower-transpiration-experiment/

http://www.redtedart.com/color-mixing-tissue-paper-hearts/

https://www.education.com/activity/article/Color_Science_kindergarten/