Rain Cloud Experiment

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How to Make a Rain Cloud 

Supplies

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Glass Vase or Jar

Instructions 

  1. Fill the vase with water
  2. Add the shaving cream to the top
  3. Add drops of food coloring, if you have the neon  food coloring I  suggest using the light colors first and then move to the darker colors
  4. Watch the rain droplets fall to the bottom of the vase.

For the curious learner who will have lots of questions on how a cloud and rain is formed I  suggest watching  2 Minute School below

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Watercolor Spray Leaf Art

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How to Create Watercolor Spray Leaf Art 

Supplies:

  • Spray Bottles
  • Food Coloring
  • Watercolor Paper

Instructions:

  1. Fill the spray bottle halfway with water
  2. Add the food coloring.  I suggest 20 drops to ensure the color will show on the paper.
  3. Go on a nature walk and pick random leaves
  4. Place the leaf or leaves on the paper
  5. Spray the paper with the colors you would like
  6. Allow the paper to dry for at least an hour
  7. Remove the leaf and see your watercolor leaf print

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Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

 

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Supplies

Day 1

  1. Take the mouth of the balloon and insert two fingers into the balloon stretch the opening.
  2. Insert the dinosaur into the balloon.
  3. Fill the balloon with water. I  suggest fillig it up until it is the size of an orange.
  4. Place the dinosaur eggs on a tray in the freezer.
  5. Freeze the balloons overnight.

Day 2

  1. Fill up three to four water bottles.
  2. Add a teaspoon of salt to each water bottle.
  3. Place the top on the water bottle and shake until the salt dissolves.
  4. Take the balloons out of the freezers.
  5. Cut the balloon near the knot and peel the balloon off the frozen egg.

How to Play:

  • Take the frozen dinosaurs eggs outside.
  • Place the eggs on the ground.
  • Slowly begin to pour the warm salt water over the eggs. It will start to crack.
  • The dinosaurs will begin to be released from the frozen egg.
  • If the dinosaurs will not release with pouring the warm salt water,  hold the egg  about 4 feet above the ground and drop it. Ice will fly everywhere but the dinosaur will break free.

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Moon Sand

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Moon Sand

Supplies:

  • Flour
  • Baby Oil
  • Sand Toys
  • Storage Container
  1. Measure out 8 cups of flour.
  2. Add one cup of baby oil.
  3. Mix the 2 ingredients together.
  4. Place the moon sand in your storage container.
  5. The moon sand will stay fresh for up to 6 months.

Help Tips

For toddlers:

The first go around you will need to model for the child how to build. Teach the child words like fill up, pat, pour, stack.

For preschool age children:

Ask the child to help with measuring out each cup of flour and baby oil. They will love to mix the ingredients together as well so be sure to have a deep mixing bowl. This encourages the child to practice saying their numbers.

How to Play:

  1. Allow the children to build and create sand scupltures in the moon sand.
  2. You can also add theme sand toys such as beach, cooking utensils or construction trucks. This provides the children with an opportunity to pretend play being either a cook, construction worker or a civil engineer.

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