I’d tell you a joke about a cloud, but it would be over your head. ☁️
When you’re spending time at home—be it on the weekend or during a vacation—it can be difficult to come up with something to do to pass the time. Movies? I already finished Netflix. Play a game? Eh. So what do you do when you want something fun and creative to do? Something different? Well, let me introduce you to a fun, little science experiment that you are absolutely going to fall in love with: Making your very own cloud!
My family and I made a cloud as a neat at-home experiment and it was cirrus-ly fun. (Okay, so I guess I did make a cloud joke after all. Ha!) This science experiment only takes a few simple items that you likely already have at home and you will have a magical cloud within minutes.
Here’s What You’ll Need to Get Started:
- A bar of ivory soap (try to use ivory soap as you’ll get the best results with it versus a typical bar of soap)
- A piece of parchment paper or microwave-safe plate
- A cutting board
- A knife (to cut the ivory soap bar in half so you can maximize the fluffiness of your cloud—just make sure that if kids are helping with this experiment to do the cutting for them)
Making Your Cloud:
To make your fluffy cloud, begin by cutting your bar of ivory soap on your cutting board. Save one half for another cloud, or for personal use later, and place the other half on a piece of parchment paper or a microwave-safe plate—whichever you have on hand. Whether using the parchment paper or the plate, it’ll just help ensure that there are no messes when microwaving the soap.
Now, place the soap in the microwave and turn it on for about a minute or so, watching your soap as it begins to rise and turn into a cloud. Make sure to crowd around the microwave to watch because trust me when I say that it is going to be mesmerizing. If your cloud needs more time to rise, you can keep adding time incrementally until it is fully formed and you are satisfied with your cloud.
Voilà! You now have your very own cloud! (Just make sure to be delicate when removing your cloud from the microwave and handling it as it can flake apart.)
Don’t worry about your soap going to waste, though. After marveling at your cloud and having fun with it, just mix it into some water and it will turn right back into soap. Another fun idea, particularly for kids, is to break the cloud apart and sprinkle it over a bath to make a “cloud bath.” For more soap fun, you can also break apart the cloud and press it into cute molds (like stars or hearts!) to make adorable soap shapes for bath or shower time! The sky is the limit!
I hope you have some cirrus fun with your cloud making! If you try this experiment at home with your family, make sure to take pictures and tag me on social media!