Creating a rain jar

I have already shared the cloud jars we explored a few weeks ago and this time, the children explored a rain jar.  My assistant, Miss Abby, was in charge of our class for a day while I was off to a conference in Alabama and thankfully, Miss Abby took lots of photos of the activities the children did while I was away.  Miss Abby is such a great partner in the classroom!

Miss Abby put together a rain jar by placing a thick layer of paper towels over a jar and added a rubberband to hold the paper towel in place….

Then the children took turns adding drops of blue water to the top of the paper towel. The children watched as the water absorbed into the paper towel but didn’t immediately drop into the jar…

Once the paper towel begins to get heavy from absorbing too much water, the water begins to drip through the paper towel into the jar…

The children discovered that the paper towel turns darker blue as it absorbs up all the water. This entire activity was used as a follow up to the children’s book, “Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld. Miss Abby chose this activity to help demonstrate how a cloud holds the water until it finally releases it in the form of rain onto the ground..

A super simple way to demonstrate clouds and rain for young children! Well done Miss Abby!

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  1. says

    What a fun idea! I already planned to do the cloud jars during our Five In A Row study of Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car. I will be adding this to our list as well.

  2. Denise DeLong says

    Did you see the supplement paper for Scholastic’s Clifford paper? It had an idea for making a rain jar. Put hot water in the jar and use an inverted lid on top to hold ice cubes. The condensation “rains” back into the jar.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      No – I didn’t see that!! Super cool! Will have to give that a try!

  3. says

    Stopping by from Triple T Mum. Nice and simple, easily done, rain cloud. Thank you for linking this post to the Kids Co-op! Pinning to the Weekly Kids Co-op Board.