Weather Experiments

The following experiments are geared more towards the younger crowd, but I never did them growing up, so I am doing them now with my kiddo. 




Overview of materials for all three experiments


 SNOWSTORM IN A JAR (scroll down for written directions or follow the video above) 

A jar
White paint
Baby oil
Glitter (optional, just pretty to watch swirl around)
Alka-Seltzer tablets


RAIN CLOUD IN A JAR (scroll down for written directions or follow the video above) 

Shaving cream
A jar (we recommend a wide mouth shallow one)
Blue liquid watercolors (you can also use water with food coloring just as easily! You can also experiment with different colors and create a rainbow cloud and rain! How pretty would that be?)


TORNADO IN A JAR (scroll down for written directions or follow the video above) 

A jar
Dish Soap
Glitter (optional)



Step 1. Add your baby oil to the jar about 3/4 full.

Step 2. Mix white paint with a bit of water. To be honest we didn’t exactly measure this, it was a few squirts of white pain with about 1/4 – 1/2 cups of water. The exact measurements don’t matter much here as you just want to have a thin water/paint mixture. This is a great time to test out a hypothesis – what happens if you add equal parts paint/water or more paint to water ratio?

Step 3. Add your white paint to the baby oil.

Step 4. Add glitter for some fun visual effects (optional).

Step 5. Drop your Alka-Seltzer tablet one at a time in the jar. Watch as the white paint/water mixture bubbles up from the effervescent effects of the Alka-Seltzer.



Step 1. Add water to your jar leaving room at the top for shaving cream.

Step 2. Squirt a few big blobs of shaving cream to fill the top of the jar.

Step 3. Add your liquid watercolor in a bowl and suck up a bit with a pipette. Drop the liquid into the shaving cream.

Step 4. Watch and observe the “rain” or liquid watercolor seep down the shaving cream cloud.



Step 1. Pour water into your jar almost to the top.

Step 2. Add a small drop of dish soap. Not too much or else there will be too many bubbles and it will be hard to see the tornado.

Step 3. Add some glitter (optional but cool to see it swirl).

Step 4. Cap your jar and make sure it’s tight!

Step 5. Shake your jar vigorously. First we shook it up and down, then side to side. Set the jar down and watch closely for the tornado forming in the jar!

© Agnes Hsu

(10/2/20 update from Homeschooling-Mommo: We had to alter elements to achieve the desired results. 2 drops of dish soap and shake it up in a circular motion – not up/down, side-to-side. Don’t use a lot of glitter or you won’t see the funnel.)


These experiments were taken directly from


Before you go…

Check out this site (! It has a bunch of experiments that might appeal to you and your kiddo(s). I know I’ll be completing some with my child. Below is one I think would be nifty to try out. 

MAKE FOG Condensation Fog


  • glass jar
  • strainer
  • water
  • ice cubes



Fill up the jar completely with hot water for about a minute.

Pour out almost all the water, but leave about one inch in the jar.

Put the strainer over the top of the jar.

Place a few (3-4) ice cubes in the strainer.

Watch what happens!



The cold air from the ice cubes collides with the warm, moist air in the bottle causing the water to condense and forming an eerie fog.


(10/2/20 update from Homeschooling-Mommo: This experiment did not work. It made condensation, but not fog. Renamed it above.) 


Fun with Science!

Cara and I picked up the Smithsonian Jelly Fish Aquarium Science Kit at Target. Amazon does have variations of it, but I could not find this exact one. 

To bring the jellyfish to life, you’ll need 3 AA batteries, water, and dish soap. Our box also came with a jellyfish fact sheet, which will be perfect for our science lessons. 🙂

The video is of our finished project. To view, press play.


Observing Crystals with a Microscope

We’ve been growing crystals all weekend long. Today, we put a sample under the microscope. 

Wicked cool, right?!

If you’d like to grow your own, we found a great color changing crystal kit at Target.
Purchase Link


Below is the link to the microscope we used.
It’s a bit pricey, but we plan on using it for years to come. 

Language Arts — Tips and Tricks!

Affect and effect are easy to mix up. Here’s the short version of how to use affect vs. effect. Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change. Effect is usually a noun, an effect is the result of a change. Watch out! There are certain situations and fixed phrases that break the general usage rules for these words.




The Trick to Never Confuse Maybe and May Be Again

Again, the easiest way to make sure you’re using these correctly is to replay “maybe” with “potentially” and “may be” with “might be.” If the sentence is still correct, you’re good. If it’s not, then you know you need to change it.

Sink or Float (Cool Fact: Science Experiment)

This cool fact/science experiment can work for any school-age child. Heck, I’m in my 40’s and I was eager to discover if this Cool Fact was true or not.

BTW: we ran this experiment with 2 different diet/regular sodas and the results were the same. I’m curious if anyone will achieve a different result than us.

Leave a comment and tell us the soda(s) you used and the end results.