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Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

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Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

An easy and colourful science experiment that demonstrates to children how rain is produced. 

What you need:

  • Clear glasses
  • Food colouring
  • Shaving cream
  • Water
  • An eye dropper, syringe or 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon.

What to do:

  • Fill glass with 3/4 water.

  • Top up with shaving cream

  • Using an eye dropper, take a few drops of food colouring and squirt it on top of the shaving cream.

  • Watch the food colouring fall through the shaving cream into the water.

  • Continuing using different colours of food colouring to squirt onto the shaving cream as it falls into the water.

  • Add more shaving cream, with more colours. 

Hints and Tips:

  • Almond Oil is a hidden ingredient found in shaving cream. So please be careful with those children who may have allergies. 
  • 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.
  • Add less water and less shaving cream to see what happens.
  • Each child can do their own.
  • Use paper/paper towel to make a print of the colours on top of the shaving cream.
  • Time how long it takes for colours to fall through into the water.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Following directions.

    Ask questions.

    Manipulation.

    Play with others/share resources.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Science and Nature
  • Games Categories: Manipulation Games, Multicultural Games, Music and Movement, Outdoor Games, Party Games, Pretend Play Games, Quiet Games, Sand and Water Games, Science Experiments, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    1: Developing knowledge and self-confidence through new skill development.

    2: Becoming aware of fairness by sharing materials and experiences

    3: Developing fine motor skills.

    4: Developing creativity, imagination, enthusiasm, confidence and persistence.

Last modified on Saturday, August 11, 2018
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