Rainy weather is a great topic to explore with preschoolers. Most preschoolers love the rain – watching it, walking in it, and even jumping in puddles. Preschoolers can discover that rain provides needed water for animals and plants and other science concepts. 

There are a lot of fun things to do on a rainy day. If you are wondering what to do on a rainy day, find activities to do on a rainy day with some great ideas below!

How to Make Rain in a Jar- weather science for kids

  Why not surprise your kids by demonstrating how it rains?  They will love it!

Materials needed:
  • glass jar
  • paper plate or bowl
  • ice
  • hot water

Boil some water in the tea kettle then added 2-3 inches to the glass jar, instruct your children not to touch the jar. Then, put the paper plate on top of the jar of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes.

Then put ice on top of the paper plate.
How does it work?
The plate seals in the warm air in the jar.  Once the ice is added to the plate the cold temperature causes the moisture in the jar to condense and form water droplets. This is the same thing that happens in the atmosphere as warm, moist air rises and meets colder temperatures high in the atmosphere. Water vapor condenses and forms precipitation that falls to the Earth as rain, sleet, hail, or snow.
Have fun explaining this process to your students.

Rainbow Rain Art

Making rainbow rainy day art is a simple and fun STEAM activity for kids.
Materials needed:
 Washable markers
watercolor paper or  heavyweight cardstock

Step 1: Have your children draw a rainbow invite them to create artwork and doodles using all of the colors of the rainbow in any way they choose.

Step 2: Place your rainbow drawing out in the rain and watch what happens. Children love watching the rain create new art! You can put rain art outside and set a timer to go back and check it in a few minutes but don’t leave it out too long in heavy rain or it will all wash away!

Step 3: Pick up your rainbow rainy day art and carefully bring it inside to allow it to dry. Hold it as flat as possible when you carry it in–watch out it can drip! The colors may shift and change depending on how much water is on the paper. Watching the colors move on wet paper is also loads of fun for kids!

 Making Mud Pies

A super fun rainy day activity is Rainy days is making mud pies. The earth gets nice and soft when it rains so that it’s easy to dig. Don’t forget to decorate your mud pies with flowers, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc.  Your students are going to love this activity.


Raindrops Letter Matching Craft

This raindrops letter matching craft is a simple way to learn letters and develop fine motor skills. It’s a great addition to your preschool weather unit.

Raindrops Letter Matching Craft. Preschool weather craft and alphabet activity!

Materials Needed:

  • Blue sheets
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • White paper (12*18)
  • White paper (9 x 12 or computer paper)
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick

Step 1: Draw raindrops on the back of the craft foam.

Step 2: Cut out the raindrops from the craft foam.

Step3: Write a letter on each raindrop with a permanent marker.

Step4: Write matching letters all over the bottom two-thirds of the large paper.

Step 5: Draw a cloud on a sheet of white paper.


Place raindrop stickers on the letter match

Puddle Jumping Alphabet Activity

his puddle jumping alphabet activity is a great way to move and learn letter sounds! Bring the rainy fun inside with this playful preschool literacy activity!

Kids will have a blast jumping puddles while doing this alphabet activity!

Materials Needed:

  • Blue paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Painter’s tape
  • Music

.Step 1: Cut the blue paper into puddle-like shapes. I made one puddle per sheet of paper. Cut the blue paper into puddle-like shapes.

Step 2: If you have a group of kids, you can also play this like musical chairs. Have one less puddle than you do children and play music. When it stops, the child without a puddle is out. The others have to tell the sound of the letter they are standing on. Continue taking away one puddle each round until one person is the winner.

Conducting these activities with your students will help them learn about science and have fun all together.

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