The Incredible Journey

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In this weather activity (page 4 of the PDF), learners will explore the water cycle through an interactive game. They will move among various stations representing areas within the water cycle, and keep track of their "journey." This is a great way for students to visualize, and therefore learn, the water cycle. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 9 large pieces of paper
  • pens or pencils
  • notebooks or journals
  • construction paper
  • 9 boxes, about 6 inches on a side
  • bell, whistle, buzzer, or some sound maker to indicate turns
  • large room or play field


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
      • Biosphere
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • COSI on Wheels Teacher Packs