I’ve been wanting to try rain art for awhile. But it seems whenever it rains, we just hide indoors.
Why?! Being outside when its sprinkling it so much fun! The boys just love it!
Its been raining pretty much non-stop the last few weeks [a horrible planting season for farmers in Iowa this year].
I finally took advantage of all the rain drops and the boys and I got to see the cool effects of rain!
I’ve seen rain art be done a few ways… and I don’t think we chose the best…
I’ve seen Messy Kids use Kool-aid on paper.
I’ve seen Moment to Moment use oil pastel crayons… [by the way, look at the lanterns they made from the art, they’re fantastic!]
Even Little Page Turners used just drops of food coloring [my favorite]!
I chose to have the boys color with chalk art pastels that I had on hand. They’re a very soft chalk.
They colored a piece of paper however they liked. I let them choose two colors each [so we wouldn’t end up with muddy brown].
I showed Henry how you could used your finger to smudge the colors together. He tried it. And used his whole hand. Of course, George followed suit.
When they had their papers covered how they liked them, we took them outside since it had been sprinkling on and off all morning.
Of course, when we head out there… it doesn’t rain… we waited and waited… the boys kept coming back to check on them, just in case they missed the rain.
We left them be and headed out on a walk downtown.
Of course, it poured when we were out for a walk.
We remembered the art that we did when we were getting home and Henry rushed to check it out.
He thought his was the best [of course, his is the best everything!].
Henry’s turned out with lots of dark dots, which he thought was just amazing.
George’s, you really couldn’t see the rain spots, but it did seem more blended together.
Whatever the result, it didn’t matter, the boys thought it was fascinating seeing what the rain would do to the art they made!
This could definitely go into the paint collection as a fun method for kids to try. Click the image below for 50 paint tools, methods and recipes!
Henry is 5 years old. George is 2.5 years old.