Rainy Day Colors and Numbers
Musings of Me offers wonderful and free printable resources for young learners. I adore her new spring printable, The Colors of my Umbrella. The printable teaches colors and numbers up to ten and also includes a writing activity.
My daughter pretended to be a teacher and helped my son determine what color to make each umbrella. She also helped him use a paint dobber to apply the correct number of raindrops on each page. She practiced writing her numbers by numbering all the raindrops and read the book aloud to everyone after we stapled all the pages together. My son is very proud of his artwork and likes to practice counting to ten using this book. I was delighted that my kids could work together on this project without much assistance.
Teaching Measurement with a Rain Gauge
Kids can easily learn how to read rain measurements using a rain gauge. Our gauge is calibrated in inches and centimeters. My daughter determined that 1.7 inches of rain fell (though I'm not sure when the gauge was last emptied)! In May we're planning to chart the daily precipitation. We'll post our findings in another Math Box post after we're finished with the activity.
Don't have a rain gauge? You can make your own. Scholastic has a neat Make a Rain Gauge printable activity.
And, if your kids are budding meteorologists, consider printing out the My Weather Wheel: Pattern also at Scholastic Printables.
Need related crafts and activities? Here are our favorites:
Rainy Day Craft at No Time for Flashcards
Raindrop Painting at Brimful Curiosities
Drip Painting at Brimful Curiosities
The rain with its gentle or violent nature is a common subject in poetry. Some excerpts of our favorite poems about rain:
By Langston Hughes
"Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ..."
For a neat video reading of this poem, visit: April Rain Song : Classical Baby : Video : The Poetry Foundation
by Mary Ann Hoberman
The windowpane. ..."
by Maxine W. Kumin
"It’s raining in the city.
I hope it rains for hours.
All of the umbrellas
Open up like flowers.
Come look out my window!
Polka dots in lines
Wag their stems and
Tilt to read the signs. ..."