The simple things are often the most fun to do! When I wrote the book: My First Hurricane, I wanted to help educate kids on basic weather concepts. This How to Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar is a GREAT way to teach a visual on simple weather for the littles and can help them understand the storms a little better. I am a firm believer that when you understand something, you are less likely to be afraid of it!
How to Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar
– clear glass mason jar
– regular white foamy shaving cream, do not use gel
– blue food coloring (or color of your choice)
1. Begin by filling your mason jar 3/4 of the way full with cold water. You need to use cold and not warm or room temp since that will melt the shaving cream.
2. Add the shaving cream to the top of the water. Fill it up 1/4 of the way so the jar is now full.
3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the top of the shaving cream. You will need to give it a little time to soak its way down to the bottom of the cloud. Just allow it some time to get heavy, just like water does to a real cloud.
4. In a few minutes, you will see the food coloring start to seep down through the cloud. As soon as the drops break through, beautiful streaks of color will make there way down the inside of the jar.
5. Pretty soon, the entire portion of water below the cloud will be filled with color. If the process is going slow, you can use a toothpick to poke a few holes in the cloud.
6. For even more fun, stir the jar quickly with a spoon and create a funnel cloud!