March has just finished up and this past month’s playgroup’s theme was weather! Boy, oh boy are we having weather! One week I’m slathering sunscreen on my kiddos and the next I’m bundling them up with hats and sweaters. To top it off we have sunny days, windy days, and cloudy days. The wind can be downright dangerous here in Vegas!
Believe it or not, however, most of the rainbows I’ve seen in my life have been in Vegas- I guess it can be a lucky place! I’ve even seen my fair share of double rainbows!
To make this collage I simply pre-cut the large cloud shape from white tagboard, and I cut out the white raindrops from the scraps. I also cut out blue raindrops and 1 inch strips of construction paper in rainbow colors. Ben is two and a half and would like to learn how to cut, but he isn’t ready to really cut yet. He is fairly experienced with gluing, so I allowed him to control the glue bottle while we assembled the craft.
I started with gluing the cotton balls onto the cloud, then adding the raindrops. I helped Ben glue the rainbow strips onto the back of the cloud for a more neat result. At playgroup we also did a multimedia thunderstorm art work and I had pre-cut lightening bolts which another child chose to add onto their collage. I love seeing the creativity in such young people!
This is definitely an easy and fun craft for this time of year or St. Patick’s Day. Kids ages 2-8 would enjoy making it and older kids could cut out and even draw the shapes for themselves. This is project could easily accompany a book about weather. It also has a simple narrative and ties into science! We had a lot of fun making it, and hope you will too!