RAINY DAY PICTURES
Have your children use crayons to draw pictures of outdoor
scenes on white paper. Encourage them to press down hard while
they are coloring. Tint water with blue food coloring to make
a transparent, watery "paint." Let the children
brush the paint over their papers to create a rainy-day look.
Invite your children to draw pictures on white construction
paper with pieces of colored chalk. Then have them hold
their pictures outside in the rain. Or let them dip their
fingers into water and sprinkle "raindrops"
on their papers. What happens to the chalk colors when
they become wet? (They become more vibrant.)
RAIN GEAR SORT
In a large box, place several items suitable for use in dry
weather, such as a tee shirt, a sweatshirt, and sandals, plus
items suitable for use in rainy weather, such as an umbrella,
a raincoat, and boots. Invite your children to sort out the
items they would select to use on a rainy day.
Use masking tape to form large numerals on colored construction
paper. With your children, take the papers outside and
hold them in the rain. When the papers are completely
wet, bring them back inside. Then remove the masking tape
to reveal the dry numerals. Have the children observe
what happens to the numerals as the paper dries.
SENSING THE RAIN
Take your children outdoors on a rainy day to explore with
their senses. Ask questions such as these.
|How does the rain feel on your skin?
|How does the rain make the outdoors
|What does the rain sound like?
|What does the rain look like in the
sky? On the ground?
|What does the rain taste like on your