понедельник, 24 ноября 2014 г.

Clouds in jars and on the table top too!

Clouds in jars and on the table top too!
Clouds in jars and on the table top too!

The cloud jar

Using our Scholastic Kid’s Magazine, we read about cumulus clouds and rainbows in simple terms during our morning circle time. During our discussion we discovered how the cloud fills up with moisture and the moisture then turns into rain and falls to the ground…


Scholastic Kids Magazine

Exploring clouds through science and discovery


Creating a cloud jar was a great way to extend our morning discussion on cumulus clouds…


Cloud Jars

The process


We started by covering the entire table with two layers of good quality paper towels. Then each child (threes through – Prek) was given their own mason jar filled 2/3’s with water. In addition, each child shared four cups of colored water (we added food color) with a partner. Every child was also given a dropper to work with…


Cups of colored water and water in a jar

I had different helpers help me set out the jars and the colored water. Each child was so intrigued by the mason jars that they worked extra hard to be very careful with them. As we set up the table for our science experiment, we talked about each color of water and what they were going to do…


Setting up the table

Once we had all the water and colored water in place, Mrs. Stewart added a “cumulus cloud” (shave cream) on top of the water in each child’s jar…


Adding shave cream to the jars

And then Mrs. Stewart demonstrated how to add drops of color on top of the shave cream then to watch carefully as the color made its way through the “cloud” and then dropped into our clear water down below…


Looking at the water below the clouds

Now it was time to let the children explore the process on their own. They were so focused and interested in coloring their clouds and as the colored water started to flow below the cloud, the children would shout out for me to come and see…


Cloud Jar

I could have watched the children explore this process all day and Miss Abby and I took way too many photos along the way!…


Cloud Jar

The setup required some patience for the kids but once they begin to see it all come together – they were completely absorbed and intrigued by the process…


Watching the color soak through the cloud jar

After adding as much color as they wanted to their jars, the water began to get very dark (but this took some time). So the children wanted to know if they could start all over again. I would have loved to but instead, I invited them to explore the colors on their paper towels…


Cloud jars

But most of the children really liked the idea of coloring a cloud instead so, I just added a cloud to the table on top of the paper towels and they colored table top clouds instead..


Coloring the cloud on the table top

As the children were ready to switch from cloud jars to table top clouds, we moved all the cloud jars into the middle of the table…


Painting table top clouds

The children colored their table top clouds or the paper towels as long as they wanted. We did have one spill of some red water but we just added more paper towels on top of the spill and kept on going. The spill didn’t slow us down one bit…


Table top cloud

We did this activity at the very end of our day, so once the children left, I simply rinsed out the jars and picked up the top layer of our paper towels to throw away…


Tabletop Clouds

I saved the bottom layer for the children to take home when they dry…


Paper towel art

This post is linked up to No Time for Flashcards: Link & Learn!


Links to Grow On…


Learning about clouds: Sensory Style from Make, Do & Friend


Preschool Cloud Experiment from Reading Confetti


Shapes in the Sky; Clouds in the Jar from Almost Unschoolers


Raining Rainbows and Scientific Exploration from Beansprouts Preschool


Available on Amazon…


Original article and pictures take http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/03/clouds-in-jars-and-on-the-table-top-too/ site


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