Over the past few weeks we’ve had a very rainy few days here in San Diego and from what the weather report says, it sounds like we should be expecting more rain throughout the winter.  So, I decided to write a couple of lessons that would be easy to transport into the classrooms, as well as share with parents so they can have a variety of art projects to have on hand to do at home on a rainy day. This project is the first of a series that I will share throughout the winter months.

Enjoy, have fun and create with your children!

Rainy Day Art Project 1:  “Lines, Yarn, and Patterns”

Carmel Mountain Preschool rainy day art project materials


  • A variety of colored yarn cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Black construction paper
  • White crayon
  • Glue

Step 1: Have your child draw a line with the white crayon onto black construction paper.

Carmel Mountain Preschool students working on rainy day art project

Depending on the age of your child, this discussion will vary.  For the 2-year-olds, I shared with them what a line is, and helped them to draw a line.  The 3 and 4-year-olds enjoyed talking about moods and how a line can describe how they feel. The older children that I teach in the After School Program took this project to another level by exploring how lines can describe an emotion. Some questions you might ask are:

“In your own words, how might you describe a line?”

“Are all lines the same? Some may be straight, curvy or zigzag.

“What kind of words do we use to describe a mood (Happy, Sad, Funny)? Can we use lines to describe a mood?”

“What kind of lines can we use to describe these mood words such as energetic, happy, relaxed”? (Demonstrate happy lines, energetic lines, etc.)

Step 2: Apply glue to the lines that were drawn with the white crayon.

Carmel Mountain Preschool student working on rainy day art project with glue

Little girl at Carmel Mtn. Preschool in art class with rainy day project

I used a small cup with Elmer’s Glue and had the children apply the glue with a paintbrush or popsicle stick — this helps them to develop fine motor skills and teaches them to work slowly and carefully when applying glue.

Step 3: Glue down the small pieces of yarn, gluing down only on the line or lines that were previously drawn. Encourage the children to draw more lines, if they so choose. 

Carmel Mountain Preschool art class student working with yarn and glue

Kids in art class at Carmel Mountain Preschool

Rainy Day art project at Carmel Mtn. Preschool

Discuss patterns with the children and how colors can be applied in a pattern by closely laying down the yarn and in an A, B, A, B or A, B, B, A type of pattern, or simply allow your child to go with the flow and apply the yarn colors however they choose.

Carmel Mountain Preschool After School Program student with finished art project

Blog by Julie Goldstein – Master Artist & Art Studio Teacher

If you enjoyed this post we invite you to read our blog, “Out of the Box Christmas Project for Kids: Yarn Wrapping Stars.”

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