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Make It Rain
The “Make It Rain” experiment is a fun way to make observations about how rain forms on our planet. As you proceed, notice how all of the tools you will use act like the many tools in nature. The glass jar is like an ocean bed that holds large amounts of water. The steam that forms in the jar represents a hot or warm front that happens in our atmosphere every day. The ice cubes represent a cold front which happens in our atmosphere every day. And, when these two fronts meet and you have enough water in the clouds (your ceramic plate), you can “Make It Rain”. We hope you have as much fun as we did learning about how and why it rains on our planet!
What you need:
1 cup of ice cubes
Boiling water
Ceramic plate
Glass jar
Food coloring (optional)


  1. Pour boiling water into the glass jar.
  2. If using food coloring, add a few drops into the water.
  3. Place the ceramic plate on top of the glass jar. (You should start to see steam trapped within the jar.)
  4. Place ice cubes on top of the ceramic plate.

In 1-2 minutes, you should see “rain drops” begin to fall from the bottom of the ceramic plate.

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