What You Need:
- Empty jar with lid
- Blue food coloring (optional)
- Ice mold (optional)
What You Do:
- If you have time beforehand, use water, blue food coloring, and an ice mold to create some blue ice cubes.
- Hand your child an empty jar and help her remove its label.
- Wash the jar out with soap and water until it is as clean as you can get it.
- Use a towel to dry the jar off before setting it to the side.
- Instruct your child to carefully fill a mug with water.
- Place the mug of water into the microwave for at least two minutes to heat the water up. You could boil water instead if you feel this would be easier.
- As the water is heating up, place a strainer into the freezer until needed.
- Carefully remove the mug from the microwave and have your child pour the water into the empty jar.
- Add a drop of blue food coloring to the water and have your child stir it in with a spoon.
- Place the lid back over the top and allow the warm air to rise to the top for a minute or so.
- Remove the strainer from the freezer and carefully place it over the top of the jar in place of the lid.
- Help your child gather some ice and place it into the strainer to keep the top half cold.
- Allow the moisture inside the jar some time to condense, thus creating a rain effect. As time goes on, not only will the condensed moisture create the appearance of rain but the melting ice will add a dripping effect.
To wrap the activity up, have your child draw the steps of the water cycle.