Year Two - Home Learning Challenges - Thursday 30th April

Date: 12th Apr 2020 @ 6:40pm

Today you are making rain clouds!!!


You’ll need:

  • A couple of clear glasses, vases, or bowls (it’s fun to switch up the shapes and sizes!)
  • Food colouring
  • Shaving cream
  • Small bowls or containers that hold 1 to 2 ounces
  • Water
  • An eye dropper, syringe or 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon



Start by filling the small containers with water. The less water you use (so the more concentrated the food colouring), the faster your “rain” will drop. But on the other hand, the more water you use, the more rain you’ll be able to make. So keep that in mind as you fill them up.


Add different colours of food colouring to each of the small containers. My containers held about 1 ounce of water and I added about 10 drops of food colouring. (Except I only added 5 drops of purple, because it gets dark really fast).


Fill a clear glass with water about 2/3 full.


Top it with a generous amount of shaving cream.


Use the eye dropper (or syringe, or 1/4 tsp measuring spoon) to drop the different colours of water onto the shaving cream cloud. The closer you squirt to the edges, the faster it will go through the shaving cream and come down as rain.


You can tell your kids that the water is like the air, and the shaving cream is like the clouds. And as the clouds get saturated with water, they produce rain.





This shaving cream rain clouds experiment is a fun and relatively easy activity to do with kids. You can turn it into a learning session about weather and discuss clouds, rain and storms. Or if they aren’t in a learning mood, you can simply enjoy the colours and experience the different textures and colours you’ll get to make. Either way, it’s fun to do and beautiful to watch!