Rainbow rainy day art is an easy STEAM activity for kids. Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-aged elementary kids enjoy this hands-on rain art project and educational science learning activity.
Have fun getting creative and learning with the kids with this art and science STEAM project. Kids love to draw using a rainbow of colors and watch how quickly the rain transforms their drawings.
No rain? No problem! Find out how to try this rainy day art science activity using another easy method that children will LOVE in the step-by-step rain art directions listed below.
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How to Make Rainbow Rain Art
Making rainbow rainy day art is a fun and straightforward STEAM activity for kids. All you need are some washable markers, watercolor paper, or heavyweight cardstock, and the desire to have fun and get creative on a rainy day.
We recommend heavyweight (140lb) watercolor paper to withstand the rain, but heavyweight cardstock also works. If you want to try this activity but don’t have any rain showers in the forecast, we recommend using a spray bottle or watering can to gently ‘rain’ on your drawings.
It is easy to create a light sprinkling of water that can quickly transform rainbow drawings into rainbow rainy day art. You can even drip water from your fingertips. If you choose this method, it is best to drip, spray, or splash water on your drawings outside. Or, create rain art in the bathtub, a shower, or a large sink. Just don’t wash the whole picture away!
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Rain Art Supplies:
- Washable Markers
- Watercolor Cold Press Paper Pad or Heavy Cardstock
- Haws Indoor Watering Can or misting spray bottle (optional)
Rainbow Rainy Day Art Step by Step Directions
Step 1 – invite children to draw on heavy watercolor paper or cardstock using a rainbow of colors
Have your children draw a rainbow. Then, invite them to create artwork and doodles using all of the rainbow colors in any way they choose.
Step 2 – Place Rainbow Rainy Day Art Out in the Rain
Place your rainbow drawing out in the rain and watch what happens. Children love watching the rain create new art!
Alternatively, you can put rain art outside and set a timer to go back and check it in a few minutes, but don’t leave it out too long in heavy rain, or it will all wash away!
No rain? No problem!! Use a watering can, a misting spray bottle, or dripping wet fingertips to rain down on your artwork.
Step 3 – Allow Rainy Day Art to Dry
Please pick up your rainbow rainy day art and carefully bring it inside to allow it to dry. Hold it as flat as possible when you carry it in–watch out. It can drip!
The colors may shift and change depending on how much water is on the paper. Watching the colors move on wet paper is also loads of fun for kids!
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Rain Art Project for Kids
Rainy day art is an easy STEAM activity for kids. Children love to learn as they watch colorful pictures transform in the rain.
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