Hi there! The first book in my new Book and Nature Walk Activity Series is Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre. If you have never read this book, I highly recommend you RUN to your local library and find it, or click the title above.
This book ever so subtly discusses a ton of scientific concepts that you can discuss with your kiddos as well as page after page of absolutely exquisite photographs. My kids loved the pictures! They are bright and so crisp and clear your little ones of all ages will definitely enjoy them.
Since this book is all about rain, prepare to get a little dirty! Typically, I would say spread out a blanket in the backyard, read the books with your kiddos, and then head out to explore / complete these fun activities. With this one, you may way to read indoors!
Raindrops Roll Activities
This book is perfect for the spring days/ weeks where rain is the only thing in the forecast, but it’s still warm enough to venture out and do a little puddle jumping.
After reading Raindrops Roll, gear up with your raincoat, books, hat, and umbrella and head outdoors to check the plants, animals, and leaves. Have your kiddos look at these object closely.
- Can they find a bug hiding out under a leaf trying to stay dry?
- Can they find raindrops collecting on leaves like in the books?
- If possible (without ruining equipment), take pictures of the raindrops on different plants or leaves.
Then of course, once the observations have been done, spend a little time playing in the rain! Puddle jumping is an absolute favorite at my house!
Once the rain has stopped, head out again! This time observe and explore what happens to the raindrops once it stops raining. What do the bugs do? What differences did you see between when it’s actually raining and just after?
- Have your kids draw pictures of before, during, and after the rain.
- Discuss scientific concepts like magnification, the water cycle, and evaporation.
- Watch this video on YouTube about the Water Cycle.
- Create this cool water cycle type sensory bag.
- Listen to this Water Cycle Song.
I hope you find this book and nature walk activity a blast! I’d love to hear feedback or see pictures from your fun in the mud and rain!
Until next time,