Rainy Day Activities

Water Cycle Game: Sun, Cloud, Rain

(based on Rock, Paper, Scissors)

Number or kids: 2 or more

1. Find a partner.  
2. Facing each other, tap your fists in your open palms two times.  
3. The 3rd time, use your hand to form one of three items: Sun, Cloud, or Rain.
4. Repeat and have fun!  

  • Sun conquers Rain. (evaporation) For Sun, spread your fingers pointing upward.
  • Cloud conquers Sun.  (condensation) For Cloud, keep your hand in a fist.
  • Rain conquers Cloud.  (precipitation) For Rain, spread fingers pointing downward.

If playing with more than 2 people, the winner plays another person who has won until the last 2 people compete to become champion!

How to make Rainsticks

Rainsticks are musical instruments that people in Chile make to encourage more rainfall.

Materials needed:
  • rice, dried lentils, unpopped popcorn or tiny pasta
  • paper towel or toilet paper tube
  • aluminum foil
  • scissors
  • duct tape
  • markers or paint

1. Cap the end of your tube with tape.  
2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that is about one and half times the length of your tube and about 6 inches wide.
3. Crunch the aluminum foil into two long thin snake like shapes.  Twist each snake into a coil.
4. Put both coils in the tube.
5. Fill the bottom 2” of the tube with rice (or substitute).
6. Cap the other end of your tube with tape.
7. Decorate the tube with markers or paint.
8. Slowly turn the tube end-over-end and listen to the sound of your own homemade rain!

States of Matter song
(sing to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

States of Matter are such fun.
Let's all sing now everyone.

Ice cube, ice cube, feels so cold,
Keep it frozen in a mold.
Warm it up and you will get,
Melting water dripping wet.
Raindrops, Raindrops falling down,
Liquid flowing 'round the town.
Take that water make it hot.
Turns to gas that's what you've got.  
Boil water into gas.
It's less dense but keeps its mass.
Clouds of vapor floating by,
Made of water in the sky.

States of Matter are such fun.
Let's all sing now everyone.

Meringue Clouds
Yields: 16 to 18 cookies
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS’ PERMISSION!
2. Beat egg whites on medium speed until they develop foamy bubbles.
3. Add cream of tartar and whisk on medium-high speed until whites form peaks.
4. Add sugar to egg whites in a slow stream and beat until soft peaks become glossy and stiff. Beat in vanilla.
5. Use a teaspoon to drop meringue cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
6. Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes, or until cookies are crisp on the outside, but not brown. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Store in airtight container for up to 4 days.

How to make a rainbow: Go outside and face your shadow. Use a hose with a nozzle and spray water at a 40 degree angle to the right of your shadow.