I hope you all are enjoying Spring! Preschoolers and toddlers will love exploring and discovering all the “newness” and “creations” of this season of growth and beginnings.

Here at Preschool Learning and Crafts, I also have many new and exciting ideas and projects in the works. In the next few months look for e-books that you can download right to your computer or print out for more convenient crafting and learning with your kids. These e-books will include titles like, “10 Way to Tame a Toddler” and “10 Crafts for Every Holiday”. I am also writing a series of “Creative Gifts for Toddlers and Preschoolers” which will include printable craft directions ready for gift giving, a list of supplies to purchase for your recipient, and inexpensive and fun ways for packaging and wrapping your gift.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter. As always, please feel free to forward this newsletter or pass the site along to friends.

Thanks! Shannon

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As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” This month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart contains crafts and activities that explore the weather of spring… wind, rain, sunshine, and rainbows. Many of these crafts, activities, and printables are only available to Craft Your Kids Smart subscribers.

As always, there are tons more Spring Activities and Crafts on the site.

Enjoy!



Rainbow Windsock
Hang this craft in front of an open window to catch the breeze. Your preschooler or toddler will love to see how the wind moves his creation. What is learned/ practiced: fine motor skills, creativity, scissor skills, science.

Supplies

  • Sheet of paper
  • Strips of crepe paper in various colors
  • Markers, crayons, stickers
  • String or ribbon
  • Glue stick and scissors
  • Stapler

Directions

  1. Cut (or have your child cut) the paper in half
  2. Staple the 2 pieces of paper together at one end and lay flat for your child to decorate
  3. Decorate the paper with crayons, stickers, and markers
  4. Turn the paper over and use the glue stick to attach the strips of crepe paper to the back
  5. Once the glue dries, staple the ends of the paper together to form a loop
  6. Attach ribbon and hang

Weather Calendar
A great science activity! What is learned/ practiced: science skills, cutting skills, days of the week, weather.

Supplies

Directions

  1. Print out the Weather Calendar Printable
  2. Have your child cut out the calendar along the dotted line and hang it on a door or the fridge
  3. Each day, discuss the weather with your child (either go outside or look out a window with her)
  4. Have your child pick, cut out, and glue on a picture for the day’s weather and for the type of clothing that he should wear in that weather

Rainy Day
This craft/ learning activity is great for developing early comprehension, critical thinking, and reading skills.

Supplies

  • Paper (white and blue)
  • Marker
  • Scissors and glue stick

Directions

  1. Cut out several rain drop shapes
  2. Draw or have your child draw a cloud on a sheet of paper (my 3 year old was able to do this… clouds can be any shape!)
  3. Ask your child to describe a rainy day to you and write her answers on each raindrop. Don’t correct her… she may use nouns (“umbrella”), actions (“coming down”), or adjectives (“wet”)
  4. Your preschooler can cut out and glue the raindrops to the cloud

Rain Gauge
Either store bought or homemade, a rain gauge is a great way to teach your preschooler about measurement and weather.
  • Try placing multiple rain gauges in different places and talk to your child about the results (for example: ask your preschooler why less rain might fall under a tree than in the middle of the open yard)
  • Make a chart and use stickers for every inch of rain that falls
  • Practice math skills…”If 1 inch of rain fell last week and 2 inches fell this week, how many TOTAL did we get?”
To make a rain gauge (kids can help, but this is a quick adult project)… Supplies
  • Plastic bottle (any size from water bottle to 2-liter)
  • Scissors or knife (adults only!)
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
Directions
  1. Cut the bottle in half (an adult should do this and be VERY careful!)
  2. Flip the top half of the bottle upside down and place in the bottom half (this makes a funnel to collect the rain, but keeps the rain from spilling or splashing out)
  3. Duct tape the two pieces together
  4. Measure and mark 1 inch increments on the side of the rain gauge



Puddle Fun
Looking for an easy activity that your preschooler or toddler will LOVE??? Put on some old clothes, rain boots, and a rain coat and have fun splashing in puddles. My kids are less likely to splash and soak themselves in the middle of the parking lot before school knowing that when we get home they can splash as much as they’d like!

  • Which puddles splash the most? Does it matter how deep it is?
  • Can you jump from one puddle to the next? (Great gross motor practice!)
  • What floats in a puddle? Leaves, small twigs, grass. What sinks? Rocks, larger branches.
  • Do you see anything living in the puddles? It might be your lucky day and you’ll find worms! Kids love them and are fascinated that if they happen to squeeze them too hard and break them in half, it makes TWO worms!



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Look for next month's issue in early May... full of flowers and fun ideas for Mother's Day!