4/12/2011

April Showers Watercolor Kids Craft

Everyone knows the old saying "April showers bring May flowers!" Why not create an artwork that reflects April's weather- rain? Discuss the importance of rain and how rain is created. Think about what activities you can still do outside while it is raining: playing in puddles, taking a nature walk, etc. and share them together.
My example.


Classified: Easy and is great for ages preschool - first grade.

Vocabulary- weather, rain, watercolor, watercolor technique wet-in-wet
Website to try: http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/kids/flash/flash_watercycle.html
Book: The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About The Water Cycle

What you need:
  • Watercolor or heavy white paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor paint- blue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Cup of water

What to do:

1. Cut a raindrop out of the white watercolor paper.

2. Have your preschooler-first grader discuss with you about April Showers. Have them draw a picture of what they understood from the discussion. For example, my preschooler was upset when he thought that he could not play in the rain. Then we talked about what we actually could do outside when it is raining. He then drew a picture with crayons.

3. When the drawing is complete, spray the entire raindrop with water. You want it soaked. It's okay for some puddles but make sure it does not start to tear the paper.

4. Using a paintbrush, have the child add some water and dip it into the blue watercolor paint. Then slowly drop the blue watercolor from the paintbrush onto the wet raindrop. Watch as the paint spreads and bleeds as you use the wet on wet watercolor technique.

5. Allow to dry and display!


My 5 year old playing outside in the rain with a friend.

My 2 year old's flowers growing on the grass.

What do you like to do in the rain?

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