Friday, March 25, 2011

Rain and Clouds

March 27-April 2: Rain and Clouds Book Suggestions: Rain by Robert Kalan Little Cloud by Eric Carle This is the Rain by Lola M. Schaefer Rain or Shine by Mike Jolley Rain by Marion Dane Bauer Activities: Paint Clouds: Materials: white and black paint, cotton ball, clothes pin, paper Description: Talk with your child about what clouds look like. You could even take your little one outside and look at clouds or show them pictures of clouds. Clouds can be white, gray or even almost black. Let your toddler pick which color they want their clouds to be (mix black and white to make gray paint). Attach a cotton ball to a clothes pin. Hold the clothes pin and dip the cotton ball into the paint then onto their paper. Dab the painted cotton ball in circles all over the paper to make clouds. Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, mix colors, color recognition, language development, motor skill development, sensory development Cotton Ball Clouds: Materials: several cotton balls, paper, glue Description: Take a walk outside to look at clouds with your toddler. Ask your little one what they think clouds would feel like if we could touch them (soft, fluffy etc). Have your little one help you pull apart cotton balls and glue them to a piece of paper to make their own soft fluffy clouds. Talk about how the cotton balls feel. Skills Targeted: sensory development, language development, motor skill development, enhance creativity and imagination Watch the Rain: Description: If it happens to rain outside where you live this week, spend time watching the rain with your little one. You could even take your toddler outside to feel the rain. (If it’s not lightning or not raining too hard!) Skills Targeted: language development, sensory development, observe Jump in Puddles: Description: After it rains, water gathers on sidewalks to make puddles. Talk about this with your toddler. Take your toddler puddle jumping. Be sure to wear rain boots or other water safe shoes. If it does not rain, you and your toddler can make your own puddles using a hose. Skills Targeted: sensory development, encourage outdoor play, language development, motor skill development Cloud shapes: Description: You and your toddler can go cloud watching. Lay a blanket on the ground and lie down on it with your little one (looking up at the sky). Point out different clouds to your toddler and see what they look like. You may be surprised at what your little one sees in the clouds! (If your toddler is a little young to understand this concept, simply look at the different clouds and talk about their colors and how they move in the sky). Skills Targeted: language developments, sensory development, observe and pay attention to detail Make it Rain: Materials: bowl, water, cotton ball or sponge Description: give your toddler the cotton ball or sponge and talk about how it feels soft and light. Pretend that it is a cloud. It is light because it is not full of water yet. Now dip the cotton ball in a bowl of water and have your toddler feel the cotton ball now. It is heavier. When the cotton ball cannot hold anymore water it will rain. Squeeze the cotton ball and make it rain! Skills Targeted: develop pre-science skills, understand weather, sensory development, language development Water Play: Materials: a water table (you could make your own using a large container filled with water), different objects for your toddler to play in the water with (ex. Sponge, cotton balls, measuring spoons, turkey baster, spoons) Description: Talk with your toddler about rain water. Allow your toddler to explore water using a variety of objects from around your house. Encourage them to soak up the water using a sponge or turkey baster, and scoop water using measuring spoons and spoons etc. Skills Targeted: sensory development, language development, learn through play Paint with Water: Materials: a variety of different paint brushes, a bucket Description: Take your toddler outside. Fill a bucket with water and let your toddler paint with water on the sidewalk. While they are doing this talk about rain water with them. Skills Targeted: sensory development, enhance creativity, language development Paper Rain Drops: Materials: construction paper (or cardstock), scissors, glitter, markers, crayons, glue Description: You and your toddler can make paper raindrops together. Before doing this activity draw large raindrops onto several different pieces of paper. If your toddler is old enough, have them cut out the raindrops. You could also do the cutting prior to doing this activity. Talk about water and rain and decide what color your raindrops will be. You could use blue markers or crayons to color each raindrop. You could also add glue and glitter to each raindrop. After the raindrops dry, you and your toddler could count them together. You could go on a raindrop hunt in your house. You could also hang the raindrops from fans or lights throughout your house. Skills Targeted: enhance creativity, motor skill development, counting, language development, color recognition Songs and Fingerplays: Rain Rain Go Away: (an old favorite) Rain, rain go away. Come again another day. Rain, rain go away. Little ______ wants to play. (Say your child's name in the blank) It's Raining Its Pouring: (another old favorite!) It's raining, it’s pouring. The old man is snoring. Bumped his head. And he went to bed. And he couldn't get up in the morning. Rain, rain. Go away. Come again another day. Rain Drops: How many rain drops do I see. Falling from the sky, and landing on me. Let’s count them together as the fall. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 There are 10 little raindrops in all. Clouds: Look up in the sky. What do you see? I see 5 little clouds looking back at me. The first little cloud floated right by. The second little cloud looked like an elephant in the sky. The third little cloud grew and grew and grew. The fourth little cloud waved at you. The fifth little cloud turned from white to gray to black. Then it started raining and I got wet. Online Fun: Coloring Pages: Check out http://www.coloring.ws/ for free printable coloring pages about weather. Rain Videos: Visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/ for videos about... Clouds Rain

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