R is for Rain

This week in keeping with the #ABC123Challenge and 30 Days Wild we are turning our attention to something that everyone is affected by and that is the weather. R is therefore for rain and rainbows. My eldest loves to spot rainbows that appear on our walls sometimes in the same way she likes hunting out her shadow. 

R is for Rain

Books


R is for Rain

To understand these elements a little better we dug out our books and did a little reading. We have two picture books and one factual book specifically on rain photoed here. However, we have other
scientific books that have sections on a variety of things including the rain and sun and have had a look at them too. Carboot season is upon us so do check out what they have as well as your local library and charity shops.

Make A Rain Gauge

R is for Rain

Of course reading a book is fun but you can gain so much more if you include activities too. So we have decided to turn into weather forecasters this week and create a rain gauge. We made this by cutting a bottle in half and placing the top upside down in the bottom half. I have placed this in a plant pot and surrounded it with stones and a couple of my colourful lady bugs to keep it sturdy. If we get rain then we will measure the rain fall. 

R is for Rain

A Quick Rain Maker DIY

R is for Rain

The next activity we undertook was making our own rain maker. This was done by finding a cardboard tube and filling it with rice once we'd taped off one side. We then decorated the outside with duct tape I had left over from a project and securing the other side so no rice escaped. The sound of the rice moving about in the cardboard tube made it sound like rain and we used it in a bit of impromptu music play as we sang Incy Wincy Spider. During our singing I noticed my eldest had come to recall the words and I'd stop singing and let her fill in the gaps. If she were able to write I could have written the rhyme down and let her write in the missing words.

Rain Cloud in a Glass


R is for Rain

Now for an experiment which led to hubby thinking he was making a good looking drink but one that you should never consume.

R is for Rain

We enjoyed watching the blue dye seep through the shaving foam but wondered what to do with the concoction once we'd watched the imitation rain cloud.

Creating A Rainbow


R is for Rain

Finally we decided to have a little fun with a glass of water, the sun light and some plain paper. By turning the glass of water and letting sunlight fall on to it a rainbow appeared on our paper. My youngest feeling rather thirsty soon decided to polish off the drink and put an end to that science experiment though.

Have you done any of these activities before or do you think you'll try them? Do let us know in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Those look like fun experiments! #GlobalBlogging

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  2. Ooh I love the rain catcher and rainbow activity ideas. Thanks :) I also need to go to a carboot in the next few weeks to stock up on bits and bobs for activities. Thanks for reminding me! #familyfun

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  3. It looks like you have had a lot of fun! I love the look of the Rain Cloud in a Glass x

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  4. You have created some fun activities for your children. At least we are never short of rain to complete them! I like how you created the rainbow on paper #mmbc

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  5. What an interesting post. Love some of the ideas you have for projects for the rain. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Great ideas! A good and fun way for kids to learn about rain. #itsok

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  7. Love the rain gauge, my boys would find that so interesting #dreamteam

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  8. What fun ideas around rain. Thank you for sharing 🌟 #FamilyFun

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  9. I love the cloud in a glass actively so I will try this with the children #fortheloveofblog@_karendennis

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  10. Such lovely ideas... perfect for a rainy day!
    #itsok

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  11. Love the rain gauge idea! #DreamTeam

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  12. Oh these are some cute ideas for active learning #itsok

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  13. Lovely experiments. We love doing weather activities, there are so many fun ones you can do. Rainbows in bubbles is another and blowing clouds through washing up liquid over a sock on a bottle. I've not seen the shaving foam idea so I'm adding this to our weather day crafts.

    Thank you for sharing your weather experiments on #CountryKids

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  14. Great ideas and I love how well your doing with this challenge. Incorporating books as well as activities is an ace idea. I love the rain stick. So simple! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  15. So many fun rain themed activities! You post took me back to the days when my son was a toddler. I miss doing all of these type of activities with littles. #countykids

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  16. Love the rain cloud in a glass idea #CountryKids

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  17. Love all your ideas around rain. And so fun too!

    #GlobalBlogging

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  18. Aaaw we used to love making rainmakers when small girl was younger. You're raincloud in a glass look great fun , we may have to give that a go! #triumphanttales

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  19. That rain cloud in a glass is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, we'd love to see you back again on Tuesday!

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  20. That rain gauge looks great, definitely need to try that one out! #kidsandkreativity

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  21. What great ideas I love the rainbow and the rainmaker! So innovative! What a lucky girl to have a mummy that teaches her all about science and nature. #CountryKids

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  22. #thesatsesh what a lovely idea, you look like you had some fun and even better i love how simple the ideas are, so accessible - love this, off to make a rainbow. Fridgesays :)

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  23. Oh wow such great play ideas! Love the rain maker, we're going to try that! #fortheloveofblog

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  24. I love the mix of books and activities you have. And all perfect for 30 Days Wild! I think I'm going to have to make a Rain Maker as my girls would love it! #CountryKids

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  25. I love all your rain ideas - and perfect for home educators too!

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  26. Making a rain gauge is on my list of things to do at some point as I think Sophie would enjoy that. I love the imitation rain cloud - what a brilliant experiment. Will have to give that one a try too at some point :-) #countrykids

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  27. These look like great fun! I especially like the rain cloud in a glass. Thanks for linking up with #KidsandKreativity, I really hope you come back next time x

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