The following photos show our "experiment" which shows each step in the water cycle.
We put water in a pot and put it on the stove. This represents groundwater and water in lakes, rivers, and the oceans.EVAPORATION
We turned on the heat and waited for the water to begin to evaporate. The heat of the stove represents the sun. We saw the water turn to steam and water vapor(which we have learned is invisible).CONDENSATION
In another pot we put ice. We had also kept this pot in the freezer while we got started. We placed the cold icy pot over the water vapor(steam). The water vapor turned back into liquid on the outside of the cold pot-just like water vapor outside turns into liquid as it cools high in the atmosphere.PRECIPITATION
When enough water vapor turned into liquid on the pot, the drops got so heavy, they dropped(rained) back into the "lake" where collection of the water takes place-thus completing the water cycle.
Pretty simple, but very entertaining for easily amazed children.