Create a Cloud


Clouds are formed by water in it's gas form collecting in the sky. Once the clouds get too full of liquid water, condensation, it falls back to the earth as precipitation, rain. This is how the water cycle effects weather.

In this experiment you will have the chance to create your own cloud and see how liquid water moves through the cloud to fall back to earth as precipitation.

Be sure to protect your table with some kind of cloth or protective sheet. It will get messy. It is best to wear old clothes or an apron to protect your clothes from potential stains.

This experiment comes from Teach Preschool



  • 1 jar per student
  • cups or jars to hold food colouring
  • eyedroppers (students can share)
  • shaving cream
  • food colouring - red, blue, green, yellow
  • tablecloth, paper towels, or covering to protect the working surface
  • water


1. Fill each jar 2/3 full with water. Fill each cup with water and different colours of food colouring. Lay out on the table so everyone has access. Explain to the students to be careful with the jar and cups and the importance of cooperation in science and experimentation

2. Have an adult or teacher add a "cumulus cloud" (shaving cream) to the top of each student's jar

3. Have the students add 3-5 drops of food colouring to their cloud and watch to see what happens. Students will see the colour make its way through the cloud and drop into the clear water below.

4. Now students may add whichever colours they like to explore the movement of water through the cloud.

*** This experiment may also be done without jars. Pour the "cloud" (shaving cream) on some paper towel, and watch how the colour travels through the cloud and then into the paper towel.


1. How did the coloured water move through your cloud? Which stage of the water cycle would this be?

2. What stage of the water cycle is happening when the colour drops down into the water?

Take a picture of your cloud and share it on the Video Gallery

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Learning Objectives

This activity may be used to support the following learning objectives and competencies 

Grade: Primary 


K: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things

1: Matter is useful because of its properties

1: Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape

2: Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment

3: All matter is made of particles

3: thermal energy can be produced and transferred

3: Wind, water, and ice change the shape of the land 

4: Matter has mass, takes up space and can change phase

4: Energy can be transformed 


Questioning and Predicting

  • Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world
  • Observe objects and events in familiar contexts
  • Identify questions about familiar objects and events that can be investigated scientifically
  • Make predictions based on prior knowledge

Planning and Conducting

  • Safely use appropriate tools to make observations 
  • make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment 
  • Processing and Analysing Data and INFormation
  • Experience and interpret the local environment 


  • Make simple inferences based on their results and prior knowledge
  • Identify some simple environmental implications of their and others' actions 


  • Express and reflect on personal and shared experiences of place 


Science K

  • Basic needs of plants and animals
  • Properties of familiar materials
  • Weather Changes
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Living things make changes to accommodate daily and seasonal cycles
  • First Peoples knowledge of seasonal changes 

Science 1

  • Specific properties of materials allow us to use them in different ways
  • Common objects in the sky
  • First Peoples Knowledge about the sky
  • First Peoples use and understanding of season rounds
  • Local patterns that occur on earth and in the sky

Science 2

  • Water sources including local watersheds
  • water conservation
  • the water cycle
  • local First People's knowledge of water, water cycles, conservation and connection to other systems 

Science 3

  • Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space
  • atoms are building blocks of matter
  • sources of thermal energy
  • transfer of thermal energy 
  • Observable changes in the local environment caused by erosion and deposition fo wind, water and ice. 

Science 4

  • Humans, plants, and animals sensing and responding to their environment 
  • Phases of matter
  • The effect of temperature on particle movement 

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