Creating a rain jar

I have already shared the cloud jars we explored a few weeks ago and this time, the children explored a rain jar.  My assistant, Miss Abby, was in charge of our class for a day while I was off to a conference in Alabama and thankfully, Miss Abby took lots of photos of the activities the children did while I was away.  Miss Abby is such a great partner in the classroom!

Miss Abby put together a rain jar by placing a thick layer of paper towels over a jar and added a rubberband to hold the paper towel in place….

Then the children took turns adding drops of blue water to the top of the paper towel. The children watched as the water absorbed into the paper towel but didn’t immediately drop into the jar…

Once the paper towel begins to get heavy from absorbing too much water, the water begins to drip through the paper towel into the jar…

The children discovered that the paper towel turns darker blue as it absorbs up all the water. This entire activity was used as a follow up to the children’s book, “Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld. Miss Abby chose this activity to help demonstrate how a cloud holds the water until it finally releases it in the form of rain onto the ground..

A super simple way to demonstrate clouds and rain for young children! Well done Miss Abby!

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By |2012-04-19T07:00:36+00:00April 19th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Gabrielle April 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    What a fun idea! I already planned to do the cloud jars during our Five In A Row study of Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car. I will be adding this to our list as well.

  2. School Sparks Renee April 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Fabulous idea and interactive, also! Love it! Renee

  3. Miss Courtney April 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    We love the cloud jar, and have done it several times. We’ll definitely try this, too.

  4. [email protected] April 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I love this ! Can’t wait to try it with my tot!

  5. Karen April 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    What a simple way to demonstrate what happens in clouds!

  6. Denise DeLong April 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Did you see the supplement paper for Scholastic’s Clifford paper? It had an idea for making a rain jar. Put hot water in the jar and use an inverted lid on top to hold ice cubes. The condensation “rains” back into the jar.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      No – I didn’t see that!! Super cool! Will have to give that a try!

  7. Amie April 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Stopping by from Triple T Mum. Nice and simple, easily done, rain cloud. Thank you for linking this post to the Kids Co-op! Pinning to the Weekly Kids Co-op Board.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      Oh – thank you soooooo very much! What a big surprise Amie!

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