Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: StoryTape (StoryTape, Puffin)
Kool Aid ArtSprinkle a little dry Kool aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. Use different colored Kool-aid mix. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has Kool-aid on it.
Umbrella ArtCut out an umbrella shape and have your child decorate it with paint, glitter, fabric, crayons, or whatever you can come up with. Thunderstorm: When it is raining, watch the rain. Talk about the sounds that you hear during a rain storm. What are the signs that a storm is coming. Talk about storm safety!!! Spray ArtFill a spray bottle 3/4 full with water. Place a small amount of paint (powdered or liquid) into the water. If you use too much or do not shake well the paint will clog up the spray bottle. Do this for at least three different bottles, with three different colors. Then place a large piece of paper on the floor, on an easel, on a wall or fence outside. Then have the children spray the colored water on the paper. Allow to dry. Raindrop HatsMake hats from newsprint and have the child decorate with blue paint or rain and rainbow stickers. Raindrop PeopleGive the children a piece of white paper, and a blue raindrop shape. Have the children glue the raindrop onto the paper, and then draw a body as if the raindrop was a head.
Torn Paper RaindropsDraw a raindrop shape on a piece of paper. Have the children tear pieces of blue construction paper, and glue them inside the lines for the raindrop shape.
Raindrop Necklaces Supply the children with raindrop shaped stencil. Have the children cut out raindrop shapes from construction paper. Then, have the child use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Raindrop RubbingCut raindrop shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these raindrops to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the raindrops and rub a crayon over the raindrop. Raindrop ArtSupply the children with raindrop shaped sponges and paint and have them make a rain scene with them.
Raindrop Cookie Cutter Art:Obtain a cookie cutter that is shaped like a raindrop. Have the children dip the cookie cutter in a shallow container of blue paint, then press onto a piece of paper to make raindrop prints. Sticker ArtSupply the children with raindrop shaped stickers and have them place them on a piece of white paper.
Stamp ArtSupply the children with raindrop stamps and have them make a rain scene with the stamps.
Raindrop HeadbandsMeasure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the children cut out blue raindrop shapes or use stickers and glue to the headband.
Fingerprint RaindropsSupply your children with white paper and a non-toxic blue stamp pad. Have the children make fingerprints on the paper to represent raindrops.
Measuring rainfallOn a rainy day, set out a container to measure the rainfall. Measure how much rain fell that day. Continue to measure the rain each day, and record for a few weeks. Ask your child to predict how much water will be collected. Ask at the beginning of the day and ask when it is raining. Did their answer change?
Bean Bag Puddle TossYou need a hula hoop (the puddle) and some bean bags. You can either set up the hula hoop on its side or on the ground. Have your child try to throw the bean bags into the puddle.
Jump in the PuddleSet a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop (the puddle).
Jump Over the PuddleCut out puddle shapes from blue paper or newspaper (you can have the children paint it blue). They need to be small enough for the children to be able to hop over. Then set them on the floor and ask the children to take turns hopping over the puddle.
Wet or DryCut some pictures from a magazine, or show some pictures from a book, ask your child if the objects are wet or dry?
Raindrop fishingCut out several raindrop shapes from light blue construction paper. Write several numbers or letters on them. Have them laminated. Then place a paper clip on each raindrop. Make a fishing pole out of a dowel or pencil, string and a magnet. Place the raindrops on the floor and have the children sit in chairs around the raindrops. (This may work better with a few fishing poles.) Have the children try to catch a raindrop with the fishing pole. Then, when they catch one, show it to them and ask what letter or number it is.Variation: For younger children you could make the raindrops different colors and ask what color is the raindropVariation: Ask the child if they can catch the "a" or the "1"
Raindrop Search Cut out many raindrop shapes and hide them around the room. Have the children search for them like an Easter egg hunt.
Raindrop HopPlace raindrop shapes on the floor. Have the children hop from one raindrop to the next.
Raindrop Seat MarkersCut out and laminate big raindrop shapes to be used as seat markers for the children to sit on during story and circle time.
Rain, RainRain, rain, go awayCome again some other dayWe want to go outside and playCome again some other day(Optional lyrics: change third line to say:(child's name)'s friends all want to play
It's raining, it's pouring,It's raining, it's pouring,The old man is snoring.He went to bed and heBumped his headAnd he couldn't get up in the morning.
It Ain't Gonna Rain It ain't gonna rain no more, no moreIt ain't gonna rain no more,How in the heck will we wash the neckIf it ain't gonna rain no more?
If All the Raindrops If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdropsOh, what a rain that would be!Standing outside, with my mouth open wideSinging La la la la, la la la, la la la, If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdropsOh, what a rain that would be! If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakesOh, what a snow that would be!Standing outside, with my mouth open wideSinging La la la la, la la la, la la la, If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakesOh, what a snow that would be! If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice creamOh, what a sun that would be!Standing outside, with my mouth open wideSinging La la la la, la la la, la la la, If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice creamOh, what a sun that would be! Musical Raindrops Cut out large raindrop shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor. It is best for younger children to have more raindrops than children. Play music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops each child needs to find a raindrop to stand on.
What time is it Mr. Raindrop?This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any theme. The children all line up against a wall or fence. And one child, Mr. Raindrop or the teacher faces away from the children, a good distance away from the children. The children yell, what time is it "Mr. Raindrop", Mr. Raindrop answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward Mr. Raindrop. The children yell again, what time is it "Mr. Raindrop", Mr. Raindrop answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all take same number of step toward Mr. Raindrop. This continues until all the children are very close to Mr. Raindrop, then Mr. Raindrop will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Mr. Raindrop touches will be the new Mr. Raindrop.
Raindrop Feelie Center Cut raindrop shapes from blue fabrics with different textures. Glue these onto a piece of cardboard. When dry, let the children feel the different textures.
Rain Plates Sprinkle a bit of tempera paint or a few drops of food coloring onto a paper plate. Have the child take the plate out into the rain for a few seconds, then bring the plate back inside and allow to dry. If you don't want to brave the rain, just have the children use a spray bottle to add water to their plate. Evaporation: Obtain two clear plastic glasses of the same size. Measure one cup of water and place in each cup. Mark the water level of each cup with a permanent marker. Place one in a sunny window and the other somewhere else in the room. Observe the glasses of water over the nest couple of days. Ask the children where the water is going. Which is evaporating more quickly? Evaporation occurs when the particles of water become warm enough that they turn into vapors and leave the cup and escape into the air. Why did the water in the sun evaporate faster? Rain Spattered Umbrellas You will need: watered down non-toxic blue paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture.
Rain Sticks Seal off one end of a paper towel tube with tape or tape heavy construction paper or tag board over one hole. Pre-poke holes in the side of the paper towel tube with either a small nail or an awl. The child then can insert toothpicks into the holes. Have the child fill with dried rice or lentils, then seal the other end of the tube. Cover the tube with construction paper, then have the child decorate as desired. To use the rain stick, simply turn it over and listen to the rain.
Rain in a Bag Place a handful of dirt, some grass and a couple of tablespoons of water in a ziplock sandwich bag. Place a straw in the bag with out end still sticking out. Seal the bag around the straw then blow air into the bag through the straw until it is filled. Seal the bag closed. Set the bag in the window on a sunny day and see it rain inside the bag.