Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment. Using a glass, shaving cream, water, and food coloring you can explore how rain clouds work!
Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment
If you are working on learning about the water cycle and looking for an easy science experiment to show how clouds work this Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment is perfect. This rain cloud science project is perfect for kids in preschool thru elementary school. It is easy to do and the kids will have fun with it and be able to learn how rain clouds actually work.
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How do Clouds work?
Clouds are formed when water vapor rises into the air and then when the water vapor hits cold air they turn back into water droplets. Those water droplets collect together along with other particles in the air like dust to form a cloud.
Once a cloud is formed it continues to attract water droplets. Over time clouds get so full of water that they can’t hold any more and the water falls back to the ground as rain.
How to make rain Clouds with Shaving Cream
With this easy science experiment we are going to demonstrate using water, shaving cream and food coloring how a rain cloud collects water and then rains when it gets too full.
Using shaving cream and food coloring you will be able to show how rain moves through the cloud and comes out as rain. You will want to make sure you use a dark colored food dye and white shaving cream when doing this so they can actually see the process happen. My favorite shaving cream to use for this experiment is the cheap dollar store stuff or if you are needing to order from Amazon, Barbasol is my go to.
Homeschool Clouds Lesson Plan Ideas
If you are working on a weather unit for homeschooling then this Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment is a great science experiment. If you are focusing on clouds and rain specifically then there are lots of other resources you can use that go along with this science experiment.
Use the form below to snag this Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Printable that we have created for you to use along with this science experiment! This printable has a section for the kids to write their hypothesis, their observations and their conclusions while doing this experiment. Once you sign up, it will send you an email to download your free printable!
If you are doing this science experiment with preschoolers or elementary kids then you can also incorporate the Little Cloud Book by Eric Carle, and make the Rain Cloud Craft or the Cloud Shapes Preschool craft.
Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment Supplies
- See through container or glass
- Small cup or container
- White shaving cream
- 7 drops blue Food coloring
- 1 cup Water
Shaving Cream Rain Cloud Science Experiment Directions
Pour water into your small cup and add the drops of blue food coloring into the cup.
In your clear containers, add water so it fills up halfway.
Top that water off with shaving cream till it reaches the top of the container, set aside for about 5 minutes for the shaving cream to settle on top of the water.
With your droppers suck up the colored water and pour it over the shaving cream. Continue to fill the shaving cream cloud with the food coloring/water mixture until the shaving cream cloud can no longer hold the water.
Watch as the colored water travels through the cloud and creates rain in the water below in the glass.
You can add different colors of food coloring and water to see what happens as you keep adding more if you would like to. Just repeat the processes using the same set up you already have.
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