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Rain Gravity Painting


What you need:

  • Watercolor paper

  • Eye dropper or pipette (you can also use a small turkey baster or an old liquid medicine syringe, but you will need to remind your child to go slowly and gently as there is a greater chance of squirting the liquid quickly.)

  • Water safe tray

  • Food coloring and water OR tempera paint and water

  • Easel or box (cardboard or plastic) and painter’s tape

  • Damp cloth

  • Small container of water



Optional: For inspiration, look at the art cards that show rainy weather or read a book about rain before starting the activity.

  1. Cover a table with a waterproof placemat and tray

  2. Put out easel or box and tape paper at the top so it is angled out (see photo)

  3. If using food coloring: put a small amount of water in a small container and a few drops of food coloring.  Use 1-3 colors.  If using tempera paint:  Put out water in a small container.

  4. Put out eye dropper or pipette.

  5. Have a damp cloth and cleaning supplies close by.


First Presentation:

  1. “Today we are going to make rain drops on the paper.”

  2. “This is an eyedropper.  We have to squeeze the top and put it in the water and then let go, then squeeze again before we bring it out.  Don’t let go until it’s on the paper.”

  3.  “Your turn.”

  4. Let your child experiment.

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