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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:
  1. Lay out newspaper on a flat surface such as your back counter or table.
  2. 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).
  3. Give each child a piece of the paper.
  4. Gently shake a color of your choice onto the plain paper. Sprinkle it randomly around your paper using a light hand with the color.
  5. Choose another color or two and repeat step 4.
  6. Have some plastic such as large trash bags or old vinyl table cloth to lay on the ground outside in the rain.
  7. Lay the children's pictures paint face up in the rain on the plastic.
  8. Depending on how hard it is raining, let the pictures stay out in the rain till desired effect is achieved.
  9. 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!!
  10. Bring in painting to dry flat over night.
  11. When dry, spray with some hairspray before putting on bulletin board to help keep paint adhered.

Display idea

I made up my bulletin board with letters spelling out "Raindrop Pictures" then hung the paintings up and added our Little Cloud pictures.

More Ideas:

Elsie Marley has a lovely step-by-step version of this lesson: as does Miss Courtney:

Recommended Books/Products:

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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