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25 Rain Themed Arts, Crafts & Activities

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Rain, rain, please don’t go away. We are ready for some rain themed crafts and play.

Not everybody likes rainy days. Once that first drop falls, many people run for cover, but not us. My daughter and I love the rain. It is beautiful. It is soothing and it makes things grow. What’s not to love? With spring approaching, we are ready to dive into some rain themed arts, crafts and play. If you are looking for some fun rainy ideas too, check out some of these fun and amazing ideas.
25 Rain themed arts, crafts and activities for the spring. Kids arts and crafts ideas. Painting, science Toddlers and preschoolers

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Watercolor & Salt Rainy Day Painting

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My daughter loves pretend play. We play cupcake shop, hospital & sometimes we are animals, but my personal favorite is playing school. I love playing teacher & student with her. We do a series of activities complete with snack time, a brief recess & mini lessons. Incidentally, she listens to teacher mommy much better than regular mommy.

Watercolor & Salt Paintings - spring rainy day art for kids

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 Last night after roll call, we practiced writing our full name & then had art class. Our lesson for the evening was a spring rainy day painting with salt. I had taken a watercolor class many years ago & was shown how sprinkling the salt on the paper creates a lovely speckled effect. I knew that being able to shake salt all over paint would make my little artist happy. I was correct.

Watercolor & Salt Paintings - spring rainy day art for the kids

First we cut out 2 shapes to form our umbrella.

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My daughter glued her cut-out to a piece of watercolor paper.

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We used our homemade watercolors to paint our pictures. My daughter painted her sky blue & very generously added the salt. “We’re making a mess. huh mama? But that’s ok.” It was ok. She loved it.

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She added some dark clouds to her picture.

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She painted herself & me under the umbrella, but offered me a little critique. “Mama, why don’t you have any people under your umbrella?” “Who is holding it?”

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We set our paintings aside to dry & moved on to recess. Mama teacher even managed to get her to go to bed without argument.

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Paper Plate Rain & Rainbow Crafts

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Paper Plate Weather

 

If you read my last post, you know that my fickle little artist changed her mind just as we were about to make a paper plate octopus the other day. Today, Mai must have had another change of heart because she was ready for those paper plate crafts tonight.

“What do you want to make?”

“I want rain & sunshine and a rainbow and all the clouds.”

Great idea!

 

Paper Plate Rain & Rainbow Crafts

What you will need:

Paper Plates

Construction Paper (yellow & orange)

Yellow Paint

Blue Pom Poms

Needle & Thread

Tissue Paper in all of the colors of the rainbow

Glue

Cotton Balls

Markers

 

Directions:

Paint paper plate in yellow & let dry. (If you are going to make both crafts, paint 2 plates)

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Cut triangle shapes out of yellow & orange paper.

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After the plate dries, draw in a happy face for your sun.

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Flip the plate over & glue the beams in place & let dry.

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Cut a different paper plate in half & glue cotton balls to the top of it & let dry. Use the other half for the next craft.

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String the pom poms up with needle & thread. Form a few strands & space out the pom poms to form rain drops. Attach to the back of your cloud.

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Glue to the side of the sunshine.

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For the rainbow craft, repeat all of the steps above except for threading the pom poms. Instead cut out strips of tissue in each color of the rainbow. Cut 2 strips of each color & glue to the back of your cloud.

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When we finished Mai looked at me & said “Silly Mama, you forgot to make the spout & the spider.”  Apparently, she wanted this to be an Itsy Bitsy Spider craft.

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Raining Sponge

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Teaching your children science doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is a simple experiment that toddlers and preschoolers will love.
Raining Sponge Experiment

 

Science for kids does not need to be complicated. The simplest of things can be fun & educational. I like doing experiments that require very little set up, clean up & are done with items that are easily accessible. This is about as simple as it gets.

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