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Age Range: 3-5

Skills/Subjects: Related Episode:
Arthur's Almost Boring Day

Related Books:
A House of Leaves by Kiyoshi Soya
Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsberg
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Rainy Rainy Saturday by Jack Prelutsky
Rain Project
Create a book about rain

Materials
  • art supplies
  • paper
  • picture books about rain (see sidebar)
Directions
With a little investigation, children may come to appreciate rain in new and different ways.
  1. Research: Help kids find facts about rain (e.g., different types, what rain feels like, what it looks like, where it comes from). Can your children think of any rainy-day games? Or poems or songs about rain?
  1. Create: Create a family "Rain Report" and write down children's observations, knowledge, and poems. Have your kids illustrate the pages.
  1. Collect: Keep your collection handy. On rainy days, revisit it and add to it. (You can either keep the pictures in a folder, or bind them together by tying ribbon through holes punched into the paper.)
Talk About It
Children love to hear stories about when their parents and grandparents were little. Ask family adults to tell your children about their favorite rainy-day childhood activities.

Take It Further
On a household calendar, keep track of when it rains and what types of rain your children see.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1