We’ve been studying the water cycle at home, and my 4 year old is just so thrilled with all the activities we’ve been doing!
Here’s a really easy-peasy one that is pretty popular, and I can see why. It takes about 3 minutes to set up, the results are really fun, and it’s a clear demonstration of how the water cycle works.
We first watched this youtube video, where teacher Jared does a fantastic job of explaining how to make the water cycle in a bag and why it works. It’s fun, fast and simple and kids love it.
Next, we gathered our materials:
Medium sized baggie
Sharpie (if you want to draw clouds, water, etc.)
Food coloring (if you want to make the water blue)
And of course, a big window with plenty of sunlight coming through!
Alvin wanted to decorate his like the video–sun, clouds, and water!
We put in the water and blue food coloring, and now it’s ready to tape on to the window! Alvin is pretty pleased, as you can see!
We put it up in the morning, and since it was a hot day, by noon we could already see some condensation building up!
By that evening, the drops had become bigger and a few were dripping down like rain.
Earlier in the day, Alvin wanted to again copy the video he’d seen. In the video, the teacher demonstrated how to push the droplets of water together to form “clouds,” making it rain in the bag. This was definitely the part Alvin liked the most.
Click on the picture to see him and his older sister make it rain!
We’ve had it up for several days now, and it’s been interesting to see the different stages of the droplets of water, how the sun and heat affects it, etc.
Side note: I think a little less water would be better, actually. I think you’d see the results faster and clearer.
We will continue with our water cycle studies and share all of our activities with you. The great thing is there are so many different ways to study it and so many activities to do. We’re enjoying it a lot, and we hope you will too!