Make links with real life experiences, promote scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison. Developing hand-eye coordination and concentration.

Creating a Cloud in a Jar is a great way of extending the learning about clouds and to get children thinking about how it rains and what causes rain.

What you will need:

  • Jam jar / glass
  • Food coloring
  • Shaving foam
  • Water


  • Add water to the jar.
  • Squirt some shaving cream on top. The thicker the layer of shaving foam the longer it takes for the drops of color to come through.
  • Squeeze drops of food coloring on top of the shaving foam.
  • Watch carefully as the makes its way through the “cloud” and then drop into the clear water down below.

Cloud in a jar - Arts and Crafts with Nanny Options, Dublin

Have fun with this experiment and remember adult supervision at all times.