storm in a jar

Play Zeus under a black light!

Play Zeus under a black light!

There’s nothing like watching a thunderstorm from the comfort of your home. We’re going to go a step further and bring the storm inside! We’ll learn about saturation, pressure and more with this perfect experiment for the budding meteorologist. Grab a jar, some food coloring and some shaving cream, and you’re well on your way to making a beautiful weather system at home. Check it out!

Storm In a Jar

Here’s What You Need:

  • Glow-in-the-dark or neon paint
  • Pipettes
  • Plastic cups or bowls
  • Mason jar (plastic or glass will work)
  • Shaving cream
  • Water

Here’s What You Do:

  • Add a small amount of glow-in-the-dark paint to a cup or bowl
  • Fill it up with warm water and stir until the paint dissolves
  • Repeat the process with as many colors of “rain” as you’d like to make
  • Fill your jar 3/4 full with water and top with a shaving cream cloud
  • Now take your pipettes and fill them with colored water — add them to your cloud and watch the storm brew and then rain down!
  • Once the cloud is oversaturated, it should start to “rain”
  • For the best results, you’ll want to view it under a black light or black-light flashlight