These super simple rain art accents not only motivate and reward students’ work but also add charm to their writing. They can be used with any writing prompt about rain!
For all of my writing classes, students write on bordered paper. That way they can decorate the border around their writing with an art accent. You can print and use this paper as well. Here is the paper for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7. Here’s a printout of a border with no lines to use with very early writers.
Now for rain! You can use any one or combine some.
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You can use any one or a combination of these ideas to any writing prompt about rain!
- Q-tip and blue acrylic pain* SO SIMPLE!
(You can purchase small bottles of acrylic paint in the craft aisle at Walmart for 50 cents)
My students used this with their Haiku poem about rain. One wrote her title “Rain” using the q-tip and paint as well.
This idea stemmed from an art project that I found on an elementary art blog. Instead of doing the art project, I simply had the children draw and paint the rain around the border of their writing. This idea often mystifies and amazes the kids. It’s a good one!
The students draw rain and or puddles around their border using a WHITE CRAYON. It’s important that they press somewhat firmly (without breaking the crayon) to make solid lines. In the images below, I used black pen to show what the students should draw using the white crayon.
Then they paint over it with blue watercolor paint.
The white crayon shows through.
The key is to not use too much water or water color paint, just enough to brush over the white crayon. You can mix in black watercolor with the blue to get a stormy look if the writing piece incorporates stormy weather.
Place the plastic page protector in a vertical position with the holes on the left
Apply the blue tempera paint vertically, painting top to bottom. Cover the plastic page.
Spray the blue paint with Modge Podge and let it dry.
Once the paint and Modge Podge have dried, you can insert the story into the blue rainy plastic cover.
- Windshield wipers using brads. I haven’t actually used this idea, but can’t wait to! I can envision now this art accent going well with a Science Fiction or fantasy prompt that starts off, “It was pouring down rain. Windshield wipers were running full blast…” These wipers could also go over a poem about rain such as a haiku.
Here are the steps: Print the lined writing paper onto cardstock. (Regular paper works too, just not as well.) Students first draw rain around the border using blue marker.
Cut long skinny windshield wipers out of black construction paper.
Use a brad to attach the bottom of the wipers to the bottom of the writing paper. Done!
5. A good old umbrella! Students use marker to draw an umbrella and rain around their border.
6. If you don’t have the materials mentioned above, simply use blue marker to make rain drops like in the windshield wipers idea. That simple. The kids love it!