November 24, 2020

If the kids are starting to get bored with their distance learning, try a few of these fun weather experiments to engage their interest. Science experiments are always more fun than sitting in front of a book or a computer screen. With just a little bit of time and a few simple ingredients and supplies, you will have a fun way to teach your child all about the weather.

Make it rain in a bottle

This easy experiment just takes a few minutes. You will need a glass jar, a plate, hot water, and ice cubes.

  • Pour two inches of very hot water into the jar.
  • Cover the jar with the plate and wait a few minutes.
  • Put the ice cubes on top of the plate and wait.

The cold ice cubes on the plate cause the moisture in the jar to condensate and make drops of water. This is exactly what happens when it rains.

Make your hair stand up

This simple experiment will help explain static electricity which is more common in the winter than in the summer. You will need a balloon.

  • Blow up the balloon and tie it.
  • Rub it against your hair.

The balloon causes static electricity which makes your hair stand up. This is the same phenomenon that happens in the winter when the air is dry. During the summer, the air is more humid. And, you aren’t as likely to see static electricity with the added moisture in the air.

Make a rain gauge

Have you ever wondered how much rain you get in one storm? Or, during an average week? You can easily make your own rain gauge and start measuring the amount of rainfall you get. All you need for this easy science experiment is a clean glass jar and a ruler.

  • Place the clean jar outside in an open area.
  • Put the ruler inside standing straight up and down to measure the rainfall.

Check after each storm to see how much rain has fallen. You can chart the amount of rainfall you get in a week, a month, or during the entire season. Why not have a friend or relative in another state do the same experiment and then compare how much rain you both get?

So, if you want to try to teach the kids about weather and science without hauling out the text books, try a few of these easy weather experiments. Chances are that they’ll have a lot more fun and they may start learning to love science.