A few weeks ago we walked outside and my three year old noticed the grass was wet with dew. “How did it rain on the grass, but not the sidewalk?,” he asked.
Kids are naturally curious, and I love following their lead when it comes to learning.
We follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired preschool curriculum which means no formal lessons before age 6. But when I can do a lesson for my first grader, and my preschooler loves it too, I call that a win!
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We explored rain using Down Comes The Rain from the LET’S-READ-AND-FIND-OUT SCIENCE series.
We have read several books from this series, and they offer wonderful age-appropriate explanations for science topics.
Make Rain in a Jar
We actually did this experiment a few years ago as part of the curriculum for A Year of Playing Skillfully, and it was fun to do it again.
- Glass jar
- Shaving cream
- Liquid watercolors or food coloring
- Small containers for colored water
- Fill the glass jar about 3/4 full of water.
- Add a small amount of water to a few small containers, depending on how many colors you want. We used 8oz mason jars, but a small paper cup would work too.
- Add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to the small containers.
- Spray shaving cream into the glass jar of clear water to form a cloud that sits on the water and extends just above the surface of the glass.
- Use the pipettes to transfer colored water to the cloud of shaving cream.
- Watch what happens. Nothing will happen at first, but as the cloud becomes heavy with extra water, it will begin to rain colors into the clear water.
My kids could sit and do this all day!
We also enjoyed some fun, rain songs to go along with our study of rain:
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider
- La Araña Pequeñita
- Rain, Rain, Go Away
- It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
- The Ants Go Marching
- It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
- Come Under My Umbrella (with sign language)
And read some fun books about the rain:
And found some more science experiments to dive in deeper:
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