Rainy day chalk drawings in preschool

Today the children were exploring rain and the goal was to make a rainy day picture with chalk…

First they were to create a picture with the chalk and then sprinkle some water, like rain, on top of the chalk drawing…

The children were interested in making the rain but they were not grasping how the rain (water) made any difference on the chalk. Part of the reason was because they hadn’t used enough of the chalk to cover the entire paper…

So the children were losing interest quickly until it was suggested that they try dipping their chalk in the water and then drawing with the wet chalk…

After dipping the chalk into the water, the colors on the paper were much more vibrant.  The children noticed an immediate difference and this was now becoming an interesting activity to explore…

The children wanted to try each of the colors and part of the fun was dipping the colored chalk into the water…

So our rainy day pictures actually turned out to be more like “chalk in rain puddle” pictures!

Check out this cloudy day activity!

By |2011-03-23T21:00:27+00:00March 23rd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Joan March 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    Love to do this as a fun outdoor activity, too. Sometimes I let the children spray their chalk drawings with water. I have to monitor this closely so we don’t get soggy pictures! This makes some beautiful Easter eggs to decorate the bulletin board. They also enjoy using dried up markers, dipping them in water and “painting” with them at the easel!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      All fabulous ideas! Perhaps you can draw on the concrete and spray that:) Of course, then they can’t very well go home – unless you could press a piece of paper on top and make a print… Hmmm, you got me thinking!

  2. Kelly March 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    This looks like fun and timely for spring. We’ve done wet chalk painting on our sidewalk, but haven’t tried it on paper yet.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 25, 2011 at 1:20 am - Reply

      The children really seemed to like it:)

  3. Melanie March 25, 2011 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I love how bright the chalk looks when it’s wet. Hopefully our snow will melt someday and we can get outside to do this. I’ll have to try it on paper for now 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      I am so tired of snow – it is supposed to be spring! Bring it on!!

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