Weather of Your Dreams

Why

Draw fantastic weather conditions that could only happen in your dreams.


Steps

1. Record weather conditions over an extended period. Research various types of weather and the effects they have on the environment. Imagine what the world would be like if weather were made of things other than water or wind. Read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs or other books about the weather, foods, and/or dreams.


2. Picture in your mind what you would like to see raining down around you. What weather would fulfill your dreams?


3. Cover a tabletop with recycled newspaper. Trim the edges from a recycled foam produce tray with Crayola® Scissors. On the tray, draw your imaginary "rain" with a Crayola Colored Pencil. Press firmly, so the line presses deeply into the foam.


4. Apply Crayola Washable Watercolors with a Crayola Paint Brush to the foam tray. While the paint is still wet, turn the tray over on watercolor paper. Press firmly and evenly. Carefully lift the tray. You will see a colorful image with a line drawing of the imaginary rain on your paper.


5. Repeat step 4 and print the image randomly over the paper surface. Dry.


6. On a second piece of paper, paint a figure of yourself enjoying the weather. When dry, cut out the figure and attach to the printed weather background with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Recycled Foam Produce Trays—Wash in hot, soapy water. No meat or poultry trays should be used.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Draw a rainforest or a desert on the foam tray, and paint yourself into the picture.
  • Draw a single object on the foam tray. Print that object several times using different colors. Layer the prints on or near each other. Paint yourself into this layered environment.
  • To stay in a food mood, sing silly songs such as "On Top of Spaghetti" or read Jack Prelutsky's poem "Spaghetti! Spaghetti!"

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Giant Marker and Watercolor Pad
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • recycled foam produce trays
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3

subjects

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children explore different types of weather and its effects on the environment.

  • Children imagine unusual types of weather conditions that could fulfill their dreams.

  • Children represent themselves and their dreamy weather in a creative painting that includes print and drawing techniques.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards