Help your kids to learn the process of the water cycle using these free and printable cycle diagrams! These printable water cycle diagrams for kids are designed to guide them in studying the process of the water cycle in a simple but fun way. Since the earth has a limited amount of water, it keeps going around and around and around and around in what we call as the water cycle. Follow the diagrams below and learn more about the process of water cycle.
If you look closely at the illustration on the cycle diagram above, the water cycle is made up of a few main parts: evaporation (and transpiration), condensation, precipitation, and collection. Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air. Water vapor in the air then gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called condensation. Meanwhile, precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow. These processes are illustrated in the following water cycle diagrams for kids below.
Next step is precipitation, when water falls back to earth as it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the ground water that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again. There are also transpiration and sublimation.
Enjoy learning about the water cycle for kids using these simple water cycle diagrams. All these pictures are printable and you just need to click on the images to enlarge and save it. Learn more about the other cycle and process diagrams by browsing through our latest posts or looking it up on the search column!