Preschool STEM is all about exploring scientific concepts safely and beginning to understand the scientific method. In this shaving cream rain clouds activity, preschoolers explore the basics of rain clouds and why rain happens when clouds get filled with water.

Rain cloud stem investigation and free printable

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Rain Cloud STEM Investigation Supplies:

  • Pint Jar
  • Water
  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Pipettes

The printable worksheet is the perfect addition to round out this classic science experiment. The activity will keep kids fascinated over and over again, and teaches a lot about the scientific method, making a hypothesis, making an experiment, analyzing data, and recording results.

You can have children draw to fill in the worksheet or let them write their answers in. Kids will love repeating this activity, which makes it ideal for use in science centers and for independent learning stations. Use this activity alongside any weather studies in your classroom.

Little science lovers will love this fun STEM investigation on rain clouds. Best of all, kids can do this experiment alone in a science center, or as a group!

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE RAIN CLOUD STEM INVESTIGATION

  • Pint Jar
  • Water
  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Pipettes
  • Paper
  • Crayons or Writing Utensils
Materials needed to make shaving cream rain clouds

Shaving Cream Rain Clouds STEM Investigation Steps

Fill a jar about 2/3 of the way with clear water.

Fill the rest of the jar up with shaving cream. This is the “cloud.”

Tell kids a bit about the water cycle and how clouds are collections of water evaporated from the earth.

Shaving cream rain clouds and a free printable recording sheet

When the clouds get too heavy, the water falls back to earth.

In this STEM activity, kids can find out about the capacity of clouds and watch their very own cloud rain.

Color some water with blue food coloring.

Drop the water one drop at a time into the jar using a pipette.

How to set up a shaving cream rain clouds STEM investigation

Have the kids count how many drops it takes until the water fills up the shaving cream rain clouds and falls to the jar below.

In our experiment, it took 100 drops before the water broke through the cloud and started to rain.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Having a birthday and a new printable all in a single day! There’s no point in asking aren’t you supposed to have fun on your birthday. Working on a new printable is fun. Many happy returns of the day. Many new fun printables, too.

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