Rain Painting

Rainy Day Art Project with Kids

rain painting

My son expected the first day of spring to arrive with spring weather.  Little kids are funny!  But turns out he was right!  Yesterday being the last day of winter was also perfectly wintry.  We woke to freezing rain.

The best thing to to on a rainy day is to not get out of bed but if you can’t the next best thing is to turn that rain into lemon-aid!  After dropping my daughter off at school my son and I decided to make son art with the rain!

We used these watercolor crayons and copied animals from reference books.  We were especially inspired by bunnies, chicks, and other baby animals.  I love my son’s Easter party with a bunny, an owl (wearing bunny ears), a duck, and a bunch of eggs including some chocolate ones.  After we drew our pictures on watercolor paper we taped them to plastic trays and set them out in the rain.  The first ones we left out just for a few moments because it was raining pretty steady.

rain art

We didn’t do this but I hindsight I think it would be a good idea to make a test sheet.  You could try some different line and shading techniques with your colors and put this test sheet out in the rain until it is almost completely covered with drops.

I noticed some colors bleed in the rain better than others.  The black in fact seemed completely unchanged by the rain drops.  Once the rain painted our art we brought them inside and kept them flat to dry.

Another thing I noticed is that the student grade watercolor paper dries with ripples.  Ironing works great to get it flat!  Just iron it face down on another sheet of paper at the highest setting.

Looking for a book to pair this activity with? We love Rain! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson!

Happy first day of spring!



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    • It was fun. We kept making more. It was a fun experiment!

      Ironing paper is strangely satisfying, don’t you think?!

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