Creating a rain jar

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A fun and engaging way to explore weather concepts!

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!

The How-To

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….

Building Fine Motor Skills

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…

Exploring Rain

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…

Extending on a Story

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..

Why we Love the Rain Jar

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


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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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