Encourage children to learn about the formation of clouds with this fun science activity. Clouds have a way of captivating both adults and children. They can resemble familiar objects, appear menacing as a storm approaches, enhance a beautiful sunset, and much more. Children can read about how clouds are formed and the different types of clouds, but you can supplement that knowledge by bringing this hands-on activity into your classroom! If you would like to extend the learning opportunities of this activity, pair it with Little Cloud to integrate language, literacy, and creativity.
How Do Clouds Form?
The clouds on Earth are made of drops of water too small to see. The liquid water from oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams evaporates and turns into water vapor. As the water vapor rises into the sky, the air gets cooler and the water vapor molecules condense and attach to particles to form clouds.
How Does the Cloud in a Jar Science Activity Work?
In this fun activity, the ice acts as the cooling layer of the atmosphere, and the hairspray provides particles for the water vapor to stick to as it condenses. After watching the cloud escape the glass jar, children will better understand how clouds are formed.