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The kiddos and I made these weather projects to go along with our summer homeschooling unit on weather. They were a fantastic way to see the weather topics we were studying.
Kids are curious about everything. Weather is a fun topic to dive into. We usually only homeschool over summer break to prevent “brain drain” and to keep the kids’ minds active.
10 Weather Experiments for Kids
Our weather unit last for 2 weeks and we did about one weather science experiment each day. We paired these experiments with weather books, tracking the weather each day, and worksheets or writing prompts.
Cloud in a bottle
Making a cloud in a bottle is easy. However because matches are used the kiddos only got to watch this one. The tutorial we followed for this experiment is on Weather Wiz Kids here.
What’s in the Wind
This experiment is cool and kinda gross. Hang strips of packing tape on a line by folding a small bit of the tape around the line and leaving the rest of the sticky side open. Check on it each day to see what has been caught blowing in the wind. Or follow this experiment on Weather Wiz Kids here.
Rain Clouds in a jar
These shaving cream rain clouds really wow. They are easy enough that everyone can make their own rain. We followed the tutorial in Super Science Experiments from SSSTeaching on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Reflect a rainbow
Rainbows are always so pretty. We enjoyed trying to make a rainbow outside and inside. We followed the tutorial on Funology here.
Frost in a can
Unfortunately for us we could not find a can to do this experiment in so we used my metal mixing bowl. It worked pretty well. The tutorial we followed for this experiment is on STEAMsational here.
A homemade windsock is really fun for watching the wind. Bonus the easy to follow tutorial on The Chaos and The Clutter uses some recycled items.
Tornado in a bottle
The tornado in a bottle experiment really wows. The kiddos loved taking turns swirling the bottles and flipping them over. We followed the tutorial on Natural Beach Living here.
Creating a thunderstorm is really fun to watch. The tutorial we followed for this experiment is on Earth Science Week here.
We are still using our DIY rain gauge. The kids love running out to check it after it rains. We followed the tutorial on Science Kids here.
Water cycle in a bag
We loved watching our water cycle bags. We left them up for weeks! The tutorial we followed for this experiment is on Playdough to Plato here.
- The worksheets from First and Kinder Blue Skies on Teachers Pay Teacher go great with the Cloud in a Bottle activity and Rain Clouds in a jar.
- Gift of Curiosity has Weather I-Spy sheets that are fun with this weather unit.
- The Weather Writing Activities from Ann Fausnight on Teachers Pay Teachers are fantastic to include with this unit. We used them the Thunderstorm Front experiment.
- The Weather Unit from Beth Gorden on Teachers Pay Teachers is wonderful to pair with these experiments.
- The free weather fill in the blank, crossword, word search, and severe weather crossword also go great with this unit.
Ten, fun and exciting, weather experiments for kids. Kids will have a blast doing experiments from water cycle in a bag to rain clouds in a jar and a rain gauge to reflecting a rainbow.
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