Updated: May 21
The forecast for this week? Rain. Normally I am all about it! I love having my kids jump in mud puddles and going on walks to hunt for worms for our garden and all the muddy snuggly moments that come along with rain. This week though, I just want to be inside. Maybe because it's a little chilly out, maybe I'm just feeling sleepy, or maybe I just don't feel like having a soggy-muddy-pants day. I wanted to find a way to celebrate the rain, just inside.
My children are obsessed with two things: spray bottles and my laminator. This idea came from trying to think of the MOST engaging activity for them at this stage and I knew I needed to try to incorporate using both of these items.
In the Con Mi Familia series, our second weekly theme is Primavera where we learn all different words to talk about spring and the changing seasons. I decided to print out pictures for our primavera words and transform them into a rainy day surprise.
I always print in black and white because 1) I'm cheap and don't want color ink and 2) I'll never take away a chance for my children to draw! So I printed these images and the coloring began...
Then we cut them out, laminated them and cut them again. You could cut the excitement in the room with a playdough knife- literally they were dying to know what was going to happen next! We put two towels on the ground near a window and I took out the spray bottle (gasps from my children) and I said "Oh no!!! Está lloviendo!" and then I took that cute little pollito and stuck it to the window and sprayed all over it singing our new lluvia song (one of my originals...anyone who knows me knows that I am constantly singing ridiculous songs but sometimes they are a hit!)
AND THE CROWD WENT WILD. They were so excited to spray on the window and absolutely loved moving around the different pictures. We practiced recognition when I would say "¿Dónde está la flor? Oh! Está lloviendo en la flor!" and they would race to spray all over the flower.
No printer? No problem. Draw any image or practice words, numbers, colors by making your own cards!
No laminator? How confident are you? Use packing tape! I would just say make everything narrow so you can seal it all just by folding one long piece over your paper.
We spent about 45 minutes with this activity today and guess what? We can use it again whenever we want. The pictures are sealed in tight and ready for any rainy day and all you need to do is just add water.
I hope you love this idea and I'd love to see how you use it in your family!