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Making Raindrops


Eyedroppers, various sizes


1. On a rainy day, take the class outside to observe raindrops. Point out how raindrops that fall
on puddles cause ripples in them. Talk about how the ripples get bigger and bigger the farther
out they go.
2. Go inside and invite the children to make ripples like the ones they saw outside. Give them
eyedroppers and a pan of water. Show them how to make water go in and out of an eye-
dropper. Then they make ripples by letting drops fall
into the pan.
More to do
Art: Use watered-down tempera paint and eyedroppers to make rain art.
Circle time: Everyone practices making rain sounds by snapping fingers, clapping hands or
slapping legs. When the whole group gets going, it really sounds like a downpour!
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Outdoors
Topic: Weather
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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