APRIL SHOWERS RAINDROP PAINTING
Level: ECE, Primary, Junior
Grades: PreK - Gr 5 | Age: 2 - 11yrs | Written by: Holly LaForge
[Holly is a Bellevue Union Elementary/Teacher Assistant and after school daycare
program provider from Santa Rosa California.]
This activity shows kids how they can work with Mother Nature to create original works of art
What You Need:
What You Do:
- A rainy day!
- Heavy white paper
- Powdered tempera paint ( various colors) OR hard watercolor paint that you can break apart into little pieces.
- Shaker bottles ( old spice shakers, salt shakers, or I used empty glitter shakers with the shake top in place)
- It's a good idea to have smocks or some other slip on garment to help protect clothes.
- Lay out newspaper on a flat surface such as your back counter or table.
- Have different colors of powdered paint set out in the shaker containers. (Or, break apart dry watercolor cakes by placing them in plastic baggies and hitting them with a rolling pin).
- Give each child a piece of the paper.
- Gently shake a color of your choice onto the plain paper. Sprinkle it randomly around your paper using a light hand with the color.
- Choose another color or two and repeat step 4.
- Have some plastic such as large trash bags or old vinyl table cloth to lay on the ground outside in the rain.
- Lay the children's pictures paint face up in the rain on the plastic.
- Depending on how hard it is raining, let the pictures stay out in the rain till desired effect is achieved.
- The raindrops will pitter-pat on the dry paint and will create designs when the water and paint mix. My kids were very excited about this fun project, I even got in the act!!
- Bring in painting to dry flat over night.
- When dry, spray with some hairspray before putting on bulletin board to help keep paint adhered.
I made up my bulletin board with letters spelling out "Raindrop Pictures"
then hung the paintings up and added our Little Cloud pictures.
Elsie Marley has a lovely step-by-step version of this lesson: http://www.elsiemarley.com/rain-painting.html as does Miss Courtney: http://neverlandarling.blogspot.ca/2012/04/365-outdoors-rain-painting.html
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