A quick description of the Water Cycle for Kids (from Smart Learning for All):
- Evaporation: The Sun heats up the water from oceans, lakes, rivers, and water changes into water vapor.
- Transpiration: Plants also lose water in the form of water vapor from their leaves into the air.
- Condensation: As the water vapor rises up into the air, it starts cooling down and forms tiny water droplets. These water droplets come together to form clouds.
- Precipitation: When the clouds start getting heavy and cannot hold the water droplets anymore, they fall back to the earth in the form of rain, hail or snow.
- Collection: Some of the water that falls on the earth seeps into the ground. This water is available to us in the form of groundwater. The remaining water falls back into oceans, lakes, rivers and seas.
- Water Cycle: Then, the sun starts heating up this water once again.
Kid Friendly map of Water Cycle
The Water Cycle from National Geographic Kids Magazine