Drip Drip Drop
On restless rainy afternoons, don't wish the clouds away—invite them to stay! These sparkly raindrops make for a fun weather-themed craft. This activity is a great way to introduce lessons about rain and water to your child. It's sure to keep the boredom at bay, and with all the cutting and constructing, it's great for honing fine motor skills too.
What You Need:
- Blue washable paint
- Blue construction paper
- Scratch paper
- Metallic sequins
- Tape (optional)
- String (optional)
What You Do:
- Practice tracing raindrop shapes with your child on a piece of scratch paper. Once you've mastered the shape, you're ready to start creating raindrops.
- Help your child trace or draw a raindrop on the cardboard and cut it out.
- Now take the blue construction paper and trace a raindrop using your cardboard raindrop and cut it out around the line to make it larger than the cardboard piece.
- Squeeze a prominent line of glue around the border of the raindrop and cover the outline with sequins while the glue is still wet. Let dry.
- Now, paint the cardboard raindrop blue on one side. Let dry.
- Apply glue around the outline of the cardboard raindrop and cover with sequins. Let dry.
- Make enough of these sparkly raindrops to create a true April shower.
- Hang up the raindrops by tapeing the end of a piece of string to the unpainted side of the cardboard raindrop at the pointed tip.
- Glue the cardboard raindrop and the construction paper raindrop together with the sequins facing out.
Ask questions about why rain is important. Then ask what she thinks her backyard would look like without rain? What does she think the saying "April showers bring May flowers" means?