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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Science

Water cycle activity

Examine water droplets by making rain

We often complain about rain when it gets us wet, but do you know what causes it to fall?

In this activity learners perform a fun yet simple experiment to investigate the water cycle. Spray shaving foam on top of a glass of water to create a ‘cloud’, add food colouring to represent water droplets, and watch as the cloud fills up, producing ‘rain’. Discuss findings as a class.

Activity info, teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This activity could be used as a starter or main activity to introduce the causes of rain, or as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focussing on seasonal changes and the weather. This is one of a set of resources developed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science and the teaching of the primary national curriculum.

Tools/resources required

  • Drinking glasses
  • Access to a sink and/or source of water
  • Shaving foam
  • Food colouring
  • Pipettes

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