What is the lesson
Using a jar, your child will observe a rain storm in a jar.
AL3. The older infant shows curiosity by exploring with the senses.
SED 28. The older toddler demonstrates awareness of behavior and its effects.
CD61. The younger toddler discovers living things found in nature.
Your child will learn about rain
- Shaving Cream
- Clear Jar
- Blue food dye
- Fill a clear jar with water
- Spray shaving cream on top
- Allow child to drop blue food dye on top of the shaving cream
- Observe as the blue “rain drops” drop through the clouds into the water
Activity Wrap Up:
Talk about what you observed. “Did you see the rain drops?” “What was the white stuff?” “Do you see the clouds?”
How do I know what my child is learning?
The next time it is raining, ask your child “Is it sunny or rainy outside today?”
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
The next time it rains, put on a rain jacket and allow your child to touch the rain and play in the rain for a couple of minutes.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
To observe the raindrops going through the clouds faster, use a thinner amount of shaving cream on top of the glass