Water Cycle in a Bag

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In this activity, learners will explore the water cycle by creating a small atmosphere. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a "What's Happening?" section explaining how the activity worked. This activity requires various times depending on the weather outside.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Re-Sealable Plastic Bag
  • Permanent Marker
  • Water
  • Blue Food Coloring (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


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