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Don’t you just love looking at clouds in the sky? We sure do!
But how do they get there?
A cloud is formed when water vapor condenses into water droplets that attach to particles (of dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) in the air. When billions of these water droplets join together, they form a cloud.
We decided to share some hands-on science by making our own clouds in a jar!
1. Start by pouring the hot water into the jar. Swirl it around a bit to warm up the sides of the jar.
2. Turn the lid upside down and place it on the top of the jar. Place several ice cubes onto the lid, and allow it to rest on the top of the jar for about 20 seconds.
3. Remove the lid, quickly spray a bit of hairspray into the jar, and then replace the lid with the ice still on top. Watch the cloud form.
4. When you see a good amount of condensation form, remove the lid and watch the “cloud” escape into the air.
When you add the warm water to the jar, some of it turns to water vapor. The water vapor rises to the top of the jar where it comes into contact with cold air, thanks to the ice cubes on top. Water vapor condenses when it cools down. However, a cloud can only form if the water vapor has something to condense on to. In nature, water vapor may condense onto dust particles, air pollution, pollen, volcanic ash, etc. In the case of this activity, the water vapor condensed onto the hairspray.
When my toes are in the sand I am happy!
I enjoy long walks on the beach, building impressively large sandcastles, and tossing a ball in the waves, my all time favorite beach activity is building a volcano experiment with the kids.
When I was a child, I used to make these and sail them down the river and under the bridge. or at the beach. We would race each other to see who's was the fastest!
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