Water Cycle for Kids: Activities & Games

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Science concepts, like stages in the water cycle, are best learned through hands-on activities. Read on to find ideas for experiments and games involving the water cycle along with resources you can use to help supplement instruction.

Water Cycle Activities

There are several different activities students can undertake to examine the water cycle, ranging from creating their own version of the water cycle to investigating the various stages of this process. Some possible water cycle activities can be found below.

Create a Mini Water Cycle

Fill a large bowl a quarter of the way with water and place it outside in the sun. Put an empty mug or cup into the bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Tie a string or place a rubber band around the plastic wrap to keep it in place and have your students watch the water cycle unfold.

When you're finished, view Study.com's fun video lesson on the Water Cycle to help your students draw parallels between this project and the evaporation, condensation, and precipitation processes that occur in nature.

Evaporation Activity

Put about 2 teaspoons of water each in two different dishes. Place one dish in the sunlight or directly under a light source and put the other dish in the shade. Ask your students to check the dishes every 4 hours and make observations about how quickly the water evaporates from each one.

Check out this Evaporation lesson to help students understand the outcome of this experiment and explain why the rates of evaporation differ.

Cloud in a Bottle

Add warm water to a 2-liter bottle until it's about a third of the way full. After screwing on the cap, squeeze and let go of the bottle. Ask your students to record what happens. Now, remove the cap. Light a match, and after blowing it out, place it into the bottle while still warm. Put the cap back on and then squeeze and let go of the bottle again. A cloud will form inside the bottle demonstrating condensation and cloud formation.

Use these video lessons and quizzes on Clouds to provide instruction at each stage of this activity. Lessons cover cloud types and cloud dissipation as well as the processes involved in the formation of clouds, fog, and dew.

Drawing the Water Cycle

Students can create their own water cycles on paper by drawing them. Each part can be drawn and labeled showing students' understanding of the process.

Water Cycle Games

Another way to reinforce students' understanding of the water cycle is to play games. Some possible games involving the water cycle are:

Water Cycle Word Search

Create a word search that allows students to hunt for terms related to the water cycle.

Vocabulary is an important aspect of this activity. Study.com offers a series of lessons on Earth's Water Balance that could help students identify key terms associated with the water cycle.

Water Cycle Bingo

Students can play bingo using terms associated with the water cycle. The teacher or another student may call out the definitions of the terms as the other students search for them on their cards.

Additional Learning

Study.com offers many additional lessons you can use to incorporate instruction into fun and engaging classroom activities. Use the teaching tools found below to enhance your classroom lessons. Videos and quizzes cover everything from the role of water on Earth to water properties and the formation of streams and wells.

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