This summer keep your kids learning and engaged with fun hands-on projects that pack in big time fun without the need for a lot of supplies or clean-up afterwards. In fact, if you have glasses and food coloring at home you’re well on your way to scientific fun. Click through the gallery to peek at our favorite science experiments that require five supplies or less.

How Clouds Hold Water

Practice fine motor skills, focus and coordination, all while learning the very basic concept of how clouds hold water and when they become too heavy it starts to rain. Courtesy of Learn With Play at Home, this experiment is a great afternoon activity that will teach and engage your little learners.

You'll Need:
Colored water
A clear jar/glass/vase with water in it
Shaving foam
An eyedropper/pipette

How to:
1. Squirt shaving cream on top of the water. Talk about how the shaving cream is a "cloud" and that they are going to be filling it with water to see what happens.

2. Using fine motor skills, focus and coordination to transfer the colored water from one vessel to the other.

3. See how it begins "raining!" as the "cloud" gets too heavy and can't hold the water any more.

This experiment comes to us courtesy of Learn With Play at Home. Visit their website for more fun activities and ideas for kids.

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— Erin Lem

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