Teaching our little ones about weather can be a little confusing for all. Thanks to our friends on Pinterest, we came across some great crafts and science experiments that help make it fun and easy to explain.
Give each child a large sheet of white construction paper.
Have the kids help you mix the paint with just enough water to make the paints runny and easier for the "wind" straws to blow.
Place about a teaspoon (no need to measure) of each color paint on the paper and have the kids use their straws to create "wind" and spread the paint around their papers. Have them experiment to see what happens when they blow softly to make a breeze or when they blow harder and have "gusts" of wind. We used red, yellow, and blue and used our "wind" to mix the colors.
While the kids work, you can talk about ways that people use wind (energy, flying kites) and how the wind can effect the weather.
Explain that this will act as their cloud. How does the cloud feel? Light and soft? Talk about how water will "evaporate" or become tiny droplets and will rise up into the sky. Ask them to place their cotton over the water. Can you see the water traveling up into their cotton? How does the cloud feel now? Heavy? As they lift the cotton ball up from the water some "rain" will begin to drip from the clouds. This is exactly how a cloud acts when it is full of water! The water comes back down as rain and ends up in lakes, streams and the ocean (represented by the pan of water). Once their cloud in empty of water, the process can begin again.
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