As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own rainy day, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!
Here’s what you’ll need:• White, yellow, and blue paper
• Cotton balls
• Lengths of string
Directions:1. Cut out a cloud from the white paper, a sun from the yellow paper, and raindrops from the blue paper.
2. Glue the sun to the back of the cloud.
3. Glue one end of the string to the back of the cloud. On the other ends add your raindrops.
4. To finish it off, glue your cotton balls onto the cloud to make it nice and fluffy!
Try pairing the activity with one of these books:
Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis
Sun by Sam Usher
Watersong by Tim McCanna
Ask your explorer: • What does the rain do for us? What does it do for the plants in the garden?
• What happens to the sun when it rains?
• What do you see in the sky after it rains? What do you think makes rainbows?
For fun when the sun comes out: • Try using a Sun print paper kit and found objects to explore the sun more!
• Make a few shallow cups with aluminum foil and put some broken up old crayons in a variety of colors in the cups. Place the cups in the sun, and wait for them to melt to make your own crayons!