5 Fun Ways To Teach Young Kids About Climate Change (No, Actually Fun!)

Teaching your kids about the weather gives them a baseline understanding of what weather patterns should look like. Plus, it can ease the minds of kids who are anxious about the sound of thunder, and—perhaps best of all—helps stumbling parents answer the barrage of weather-related “how” and “why” questions kids throw at them! 

In addition to the amazing weather books out there (we love The Weather Girls By Aki and Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker), there are plenty of fun experiments you can conduct together right at home. One of the best, and simplest, is the rain cloud in a jar.

All you’ll need for this is a large jar, shaving cream, gel food coloring or washable watercolors, and pipettes or droppers. In a small cup, mix the food coloring with some water. Take your jar and fill it with non-colored water until it is about ¾ full. Spray your shaving cream on top until it is just above the jar and get the kids to use a dropper to squirt colored water on top of the shaving cream cloud a few times. Soon enough, your cloud will be raining!

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