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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Water Cycle Activity: Creating Rain
By Guest Blogger Tammy Curletto
it’s pouring, the old man is snoring!”
You can make your very own rain, in a
bag. How fun to watch your students observe nature’s phenomena by making rain
and recreating the water cycle. Students will watch clouds form and rain fall,
all in a bag.
Zip top sandwich bag
Half cup of dirt (potting soil, backyard dirt, etc.)
What you do:
Have child spoon dirt into the sandwich bag
Have child generously “mist” the dirt inside the bag. The
dirt needs to be moist, but not muddy.
Have the child zip the bag tightly shut.
The bag will become cloudy as the moisture evaporates and
forms a foggy cloud inside the bag. Depending upon your specific conditions
(where the window is, how much sunlight is available, outside temperature at
the window) this could take two to three hours, or could take overnight. Once
the “cloud” inside the bag can hold no more moisture, your child will notice
“rain” coming down the inside walls of the bag. Open and gently mist the bag
again, tape to the window, and watch the whole cycle repeat itself.
A great way to extend this activity is
to have the students make several bags and place on different windows on
different sides of the school or house.