B: “Mommy, I know how to make a cloud! Do you want to see?”
Me: “Wow, sure! But I don’t want any thunderstorms in the house okay…?”
B: “Haa haa mommy, don’t worry, that won’t happen. I have a book from school and it tells me how to make one in a jar!”
Me: “A jar? Wow! Let’s go make the cloud in the Airstream! It’s raining outside right now so we can listen to the rain drops on the Airstream while we make your cloud”
This was a great experiment. I suggest putting the jar against a dark background so you can really see it in “action” as it is a little hard to see otherwise.
The principal is: Moist air rises in the atmosphere, cools and water droplets form into clouds. In our jar, it looked like a whirlwind. Pretty awesome according to B.
We boiled our water in the tea kettle and let it cool within the jar for a minute or so. B took pleasure/fascination in playing around with the steam with his hand. Make sure to supervise your child(ren).