Rain & Rainbows


Try at Home…

Spray Painting

Fill an old spray bottle with watered down washable paint (I used about 2 TB paint- 1 cup water) to make your own “spray” paint! This would be a great activity to try outside as days get warmer…. use it on sidewalks instead of chalk, or bring a roll of paper outside to hang on the nearest tree! Using the spray bottle is excellent fine motor practice, and kids love working on big, unique surfaces!

Homemade Play Dough

You can find hundreds of wonderful recipes for homemade play dough online, but my favorite is from Beacon Heights Preschool:

Mix together

  • 1 1/4 cups flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 1 TB alum or cream of tarter

  • 3 TB oil

Stir in 2 cups of boiling water (and food coloring if desired) to your dry mixture. Mix, mix, mix until it doesn’t seem too sticky (this part takes longer than you think… keep at it!). Stored in an airtight container, this play dough will last months!

Color Hunts

Next time you’re on a walk or spending time outside, take along a bucket to see how many different colors you can collect! Kids are already wonderful at slowing down and noticing the world…. sometimes an activity like this is as much for the grownups as it is for the kids… it helps us remember that we don’t always have to hurry to the next destination. Slow down and see what you can find!

This can also be a great rainy day activity. Lay out a few sheets of colored construction paper on the floor and challenge your little one to run around the house, collecting “colors” to fill up the sheets.

Anna Harpe