R was 17 months old at the time of this activity
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon – The rain came down is a wonderfully illustrated story about the quarrels of a small community during a rainstorm and how they lend each other a hand once the sun comes out.
1. A Cup of Rain
I topped a glass of water with shaving foam to represent clouds. R then dropped water, coloured with blue food colouring, into the glass to make it look like rain. She enjoyed adding water droplets and then swirling the mixture around using the dropper.
a. Scientific Testing. Set up four cups of water: two with hot water, two with cold. To one cup of hot water and one cup of cold water, have the child drop in hot water coloured with blue food colouring. To the other cup of hot water and the other cup of cold water, have the child drop in cold water coloured with food colouring. Ask the child to observe and record the differences in how the different experiments behave. With older children, have them come up with their own hypothesis to test. Continue reading