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Cloud in a jar


Cloud in a jar

What to do with this activity?

Make a cloud in a jar - it's an easy science experiment that will teach your child a lot about how clouds are formed. Follow the instructions and get some useful information from Kidspot here

The experiment shows how water vapour (which is an invisible gas) becomes visible when the air cools forming water droplets (turning back into a liquid). In order to become liquid, the water vapour must collide with something - either a surface (like a mirror in the bathroom), or with tiny particles floating in the air - dust or aerosol spray. The process of gas turning into a liquid is called condensation. Small water droplets group together to become larger droplets, eventually forming a cloud. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.  

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