Preschool Crafts for Rainy and Sunshine-y Days



April showers. Rainbows. Sunshine helping flowers grow.

Spring is the perfect time to talk about the weather and preschool crafts and activities are a fun and easy way to teach your kids.

Your preschooler will be fascinated by rainbows, sunshine, rain, and wind that come in the spring (and you can use spring crafts to talk about flowers, kites, baby animals, and special holidays of the season.) You can also try some winter crafts to celebrate the snowy season and fall crafts crafts to talk about the changing colors of autumn.



As always, these preschool crafts are age appropriate… with a little prep, they can be done with minimal grown up help so your preschooler or toddler learns important fine motor, concentration, and independence skills. 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.
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


Rainbow Mosaics
This preschool craft really works fine motor and concentration skills, looks beautiful in a window, and uses up all of those paper scraps!
Supplies
  • Strips of paper in rainbow colors
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut (or have your child cut) the paper into small squares
  2. Cut off a square of clear contact paper and peel off the back
  3. Have your child place the paper squares onto the sticky contact paper in the shape of a rainbow (I drew an arch in pencil for my 4 year old to start out)
  4. Continue adding different colors to create a rainbow
  5. Attach another piece of contact paper to the front, trim, and hang


Paper Plate Sun
A fun and less messy way to paint! This craft makes a great sun catcher and teaches about mixing colors too.
Supplies
  • 2 paper plates
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint (red and yellow)
  • Glue

Directions

  1. Cut the center out of both plates
  2. Cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the center of the plate, peel off the backing and stick it to the bottom of one plate
  3. Let your preschooler or toddler squeeze a small amount of red and yellow paint on top of the sticky side of the contact paper
  4. Place another piece of contact paper on top of the paper plate and the paint
  5. Glue the second paper plate to make a “sandwich”
  6. Now your child can squish and mix the paint around without getting messy! (talk about what happens when the red and yellow paint mix)
  7. OPTIONAL: Have your child use a paint brush to paint the outside of the paper plate to match


Umbrella Printable
Print out and have your preschooler color this fun umbrella picture for an easy and quick activity.


Cotton Ball Cloud
This weather craft is easy enough for toddlers and is perfect for teaching about textures.
Supplies

  • Paper plate or heavy cardstock
  • School glue (like Elmers)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Paint brush or cotton swab

Directions

  1. Squeeze glue into the center of the plate or paper
  2. Have your preschooler or toddler “paint” the glue all over the surface (talk about the fact that it is “sticky”)
  3. Provide cotton balls and allow your child to place them on the glue (ask if they feel different than the glue… what happens if glue makes fingers sticky and then your child touches the cotton ball?)
  4. Allow to dry






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