You know the saying "April showers bring May flowers". Its that time of year that one day it is sunny and the next it's cold and rainy! For those cold and rainy days when your stuck inside all day, we have the perfect book and activities to pass the time. Rain! is a fun book about a little boy who loves the rain and a grouchy old man who is not a fan of the rain. The little boy loves to jump in the puddles saying "hoppy, hoppy, hoppy". That is Lydia's favorite part because she loves to say "hoppy, hoppy, hoppy" and hop around.
There are some great activities below that can spark great conversations about rain! Have fun learning all about what is keeping them indoors!
What You'll Need:
- Shaving Cream
- Blue Food Coloring
- Construction Paper
- Cardboard Tube
- Elmers Glue
- Popcicle Sticks
Activity #1- Rain Experiment
This was a fun experiment that was very simple to pull together. I just filled a mason jar up with water and added shaving cream. Then we just colored some water blue and used a dropper to add it on top of the shaving cream. Its heavier than the cream, so its come through and dyes the water blue. It looks like rain is falling and I was able to teach Lydia all about rain clouds.
Activity #2- Homemade Rain Sticks
I am pretty sure that all toddlers love noise makers. I can't even tell you how many time there has been music parades in our house with anything that makes noise. All it takes to make these rainsticks is a cardboard tube (left over paper towel tubes work great), tin foil and rice. Then we just taped off the ends and it provided hours of entertainment.
Activity #3- Rain Puff Paint
Did you know that if you combine shaving cream and elmers glue together it creates puff paint? We used it to create our own clouds. By the end there was puff paint everywhere but was super easy to wash off. And then it dries into perfect puffy clouds.
Activity #4- Umbrella Craft
We love a good puppet in our house and the easier the better for me. I took two pieces of green paper and glued them together with a popsicle stick and stings that we could glue rain drops to. Lydia is still running around yelling "rain rain rain!"