July 14th, 2010
A while back when it was raining nonstop we made these very sweet rain paintings, but now that it's extra hot I was thinking I'd turn on the sprinkler and make sprinkler paintings instead. I found the project at the crafty crow-- where you can find every kid's art project ever thought up--and you can find the original post about it here. To make rain paintings you crush up watercolor paints (we put them in plastic bags and banged on them with a rolling pin), sprinkle them on some paper and put it out in the rain.
It's such a simple and quick project, but every part of it was exciting for the kids (and me): whacking the paints with the rolling pin, using the paints we "made" and standing out in the rain waiting to see what would happen.
After you decide the picture is done and pick it up, all the paint will run (and your sidewalk will turn bright blue). I was kind of disappointed when this happened, but my kids squealed with joy. We hung them up in the window to dry and they were so beautiful with the sun shining through them. The whole porch was bright and glowing even though it was still raining outside.
The pictures do fade when they dry, but then you can take a pen and turn your rain painting into a beautiful rain garden.
I had grand plans to do project after project with my kids this summer, but there has been more lazing around than anything else. This project, though, is right up my alley: simple, quick, bright, and all about the process. Anyone got any good preschool age art projects to recommend that have been a success? I'm thinking marble painting is next.