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RAIN, RAIN, PLEASE STAY

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.
 
COLORED CHALK RAIN PICTURES
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.

 
RAINY NUMERALS
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 smell?
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 tongue?