Raining Indoors

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

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.

Activity:

1. A Cup of Rain

IMG_0209I 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.

Extension Activities:
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

Discovering Wind

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

Weather! by Justin McCory Martin – R enjoyed listening to me read, “Weather!” It is a nonfiction book that includes information about all kinds of weather.

Activity:

1. Blowing Clouds

IMG_0163R worked on her coordination and lung strength as she attempted to blow cotton balls with and without a straw.  The way she curled her lips as she practiced blowing without a straw was just the cutest!!  It was a lot more difficult for her to blow with the straw since she had to aim the straw correctly.

Extension Activities:
a.  Have cloud blowing races with multiple kids.  If the kids are different ages, adapt the game for each one so that it is a fair race.  For example, the youngest child may blow without a straw, an older child with a straw and an even older child blind folded and no straw. Continue reading

Fading Sunshine

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers – What will the weather be like today? is an awesome book with just the right amount of writing on each page to keep R engaged and beautiful pictures to go along with the words. The book ends with a question to prompt weather exploration. Continue reading

Counting Clouds

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

The Cloud Book by Tommy de Paola – The cloud book has tons of great facts about clouds while still being engaging for younger children with its wonderful pictures!  R listened intently as I read through the pages.  At times, I didn’t get to read all the information on the page since R was ready to move onto the next page and would flip the page for me. Continue reading

Erupting Rainbows

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Rainbow-Coloured Explosions

We had some experimenting fun today! I put a few drops of food colouring at the bottom of six small plastic cups (a different colour in each cup).  I then added a scoop of baking soda to each cup.  I gave R a squeeze bottle (an empty bottle of sriracha sauce since that’s what I had on hand – or you can use painting bottles that I had used for subsequent activity here) filled with vinegar and she worked her hand muscles as she squeezed the liquid into the cups.  She squealed with delight as the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar caused the food colouring to come bubbling up.  When she emptied the bottle of vinegar, she began mixing the colours together and the bubbling continued on.  She absolutely loved this activity!!

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Rainbow Foam

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Colourful Bubbles

We made a rainbow foam bath for R’s Little People Zoo animals.  I made the foam by blending up two parts of dish soap and one part water.  I added a couple of drops of food colouring to the soapy water before using an electric blender on high to make it into foam.  The longer you blend it, the foamier it becomes.  R had lots of fun swirling the foam around and washing her animals in it.   Continue reading

Iced Rainbows

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Painting with Ice

I added water and food colouring (you can also use liquid water colour to prevent staining) to an ice tray to make rainbow-coloured ice for a painting activity.  I had seen a number of IG moms doing this activity, so I was excited to try it.  R had a lot of fun rubbing the ice onto craft paper and between her fingers.  We practiced the vocabulary word “cold” while doing this activity.  Although food colouring stains fingers, it comes off after just a few washes. Continue reading