Make your own Water Cycle (Year 4)

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How to make a water cycle?

In the previous blog you learned about the water cycle. Now you can have a go at making your own water cycle at home using ordinary objects from your kitchen. The homemade water cycle will help you to observe the different stages, evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

Things you need

  • A large bowl
  • A mug or large cup
  • Cling film
  • String or a rubber band
  • Water


  1. Place the mug or small cup in the centre of the bowl.  
  2. Fill the bowl with water about 2/3 of the way up the cup (do not put water inside the cup).
  3.  Cover the bowl with cling film and either tie it with string or place a large rubber band around it to secure the plastic wrap.
  4. Place it outside in a sunny area for a few hours, the longer the better.


  • What do you think will happen to the water?

A few hours later.....

Check your on your experiment. It should like the picture below, if not leave it outside for a little longer.

Look closely at your bowl of water. 

  • What has changed? 
  • What do you think has happened?
  • How is this experiment similiar to the water cycle?

  • What part of your experiment do you think shows evaporation, condensation and precipitation?  
  • Can you explain to water cycle in your own words?