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Have you ever wondered how thunderstorms actually form? Offering an age-appropriate explanation can be quite challenging because thunderstorms are very complicated atmospheric phenomena. However, by using a little creativity and a few household items to serve as concrete examples, students can conduct experiments that help understand the various stages of thunderstorm development. Each demonstration and hands-on activity used in this article can enhance individual classroom units on storms, clouds, severe weather, and the water cycle.