I sure have gotten a lot of mileage out of our rain painting project from this month's Kid's Craft Along project. Rain painting turned out to be a hit! I personally had a great time with it, not to mention being able to use it with several groups of children.
I used the process to "paint" Fiji soft coral with 30 children during AWANA. Turns out that telling children to scribble with markers on their paper is so foreign to them that they just look at you like you're crazy! "You want me to scribble? Are you nuts?" I could hear it going through their heads. I guess that's because the minute they can hold a crayon or marker, we teach them to "stay in the lines". Then I turn around and tell them to let loose and make a mess on their paper. After a few of them tried it, it was quite freeing. Anyway, the process worked fine, but the execution was not as stellar as I had hoped. I bought a cheaper brand of watercolor paper for the AWANA group, and the colors just didn't spread quite like I wanted them to.
Note: The more "toothed" (or textured for you non-watercolor people) the paper, the better the result.
Lesson learned for round two... I bought good watercolor paper for my next painting adventure. Once a month our church cooks a meal for the Ronald McDonald House. After making banana pudding (and leaving Landon, my banana pudding cooking partner, to whip up three quarts of whipping cream) I set up a craft table for the children staying there to rain paint. We started out doing a Fiji soft coral painting, and then I let them do whatever they wanted. And they wanted! Their little shaved heads bent close over their work, the children kept asking to do another and another. Toward the end we were cutting up the little bit of watercolor paper I had left into smaller pieces so that we could keep painting. It's such a surprise to watch what each squirt of the water bottle brings.
I was hoping to be a blessing to these children, but I was the one who was blessed!