Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

We have enjoyed several fun rainbow crafts over the years and I am pulling them all together in this post for you!  These crafts were all done with my daughter when she was a tot, and honestly we might do some of them again this year! She was almost three in all of these photos. You can see the original Rainbow Theme Tot School post here!

 

Marble Painted Rainbow

Use our rainbow template {included within our Rainbow Tot Pack} or draw one of your own. We printed ours on white cardstock.  Use a cardboard box the size of the paper or tape the edges of the paper to the bottom of the box so it will stay in place.  Use a marble to roll around the box.  We add squeezes of rainbow colors as we go.  It’s a GREAT motor skills activity for young kids to try to move the marble where they want it to go!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

Remove the paper from the box and let dry.

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

Cut out your rainbow shape!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

 

 

 

Rainbow Cloud

Every early childhood teacher has seen this rainbow craft for sure.  But just in case you’ve missed it, here’s one of our old favorites, the rainbow cloud. Pre-cut strips of rainbow colored construction paper and a white cloud.  Let your child help you as able, to glue the strips to the cloud.

Rainbow Cloud Craft

Smear white glue on the cloud and add cotton balls! All done! I still remember Ladybug freaking out over the glue and cotton ball experience and also insisting that the blue piece be in the middle instead of the proper order!

Rainbow Cloud Craft

 

 

Rainbow Chain

This is also an oldie, but so simple and fun for tots.  Pre-cut the rainbow color strips of paper for your tot, then work together linking them together!  She LOVED this, and it was so easy!

Rainbow Chain Rainbow Chain

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

When my daughter was a toddler she loved the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, we sang it every night. In honor of this love I created a Rainbow Tot Pack and included a song printable and props to use with the song.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft

 

I premade the song props by printing, laminating, cutting out, and taping to colored craft sticks.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft

 

I then precut rainbow colored pipe cleaners and got a small piece of foam. My daughter helped me build the rainbow and we used it while we sang the song!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft

 

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Rainbow Theme on Pinterest.

Perler Bead Alphabet

It’s no secret we love Perler Beads around here.  All three of my kids love creating and then playing with their creations.  We have numerous hand made Perler Bead toys! We have recently added a Perler Bead Alphabet set to our collection!

Perler Bead ABCs

Recently my kids got out our alphabet tray and began making the letters in their names. I suddenly realized how fun a set of letters would be for word work and asked them to make me a full set, with extras for vowels and common letters!

This is the tray we used, you can buy it on Amazon, we got ours at Michaels I think.

Perler Bead ABC Tray

 

I let them design the letters however they wanted, and we have used them almost everyday since they were created!

Perler Bead ABCs

We have already used our new ABCs during our home Kindergarten learning a lot! Making words is much more fun when you helped make the letters yourself!

Here’s a peek at our letters in action ~

Instead of circling, we’ve been using them on our Logic of English worksheets. Below she was identifying the middle sound.

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We’ve also been using them with our word family work!

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There’s also a printable template on the Perler Bead website if you have square templates and want to make bigger ABCs.  You can also easily freehand the letters!

 

Make Your OWN Perler Bead Alphabet

Want more fun ABC ideas?  Check out our ABC Ideas Pinterest Board!

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Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

This year I planned crafts for my girl since she loves crafts! She is very picky, however, so I chose carefully.  I used my Christmas Pinterest board and let her choose what looked fun to her.  I know better than to just pick what I think she will like.  I had tons of reindeer crafts pinned since she LOVES reindeer, but to my surprise, she had zero interest in any reindeer crafts!

Many of these ideas came from other blogs and the original idea is linked in the title of the craft, so be sure to visit the blog I got the idea from to see more inspiration for the craft!


~ Paper Christmas Tree ~

I had old scrapbook paper and cut up a huge pile for my kids to create trees with!  I helped Ladybug one by one as we measured together and trimmed the edges.

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She chose to used stickers for her ornaments.

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I am so glad we did this, it turned out so cute and she had a blast making it!

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~ Bead Wreath ~

My girl loves beads so I thought this would be a great day.  I was wrong.  It took her awhile to get into this craft, but once she did, she loved it.

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~ Name in Lights ~

This is an old idea from back in my Kindergarten teaching days!  Would you believe she even used leftover lights from my Christmas box that I used when I taught K over 10 years ago. They are just colored light pieces, and black rectangle pieces stapled with a loop at the top for stringing.  All shapes were cut free hand out of construction paper.

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She chose to use only pink, purple and red ~ her favorite colors. She wrote the letters of her name and then I helped her string them on in the correct order.

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She insisted it was a necklace and had me tie it up so she could put it on!

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~ Bead Candy Canes ~

We have made versions of these before, this year we added Perler Beads to the options, she loved that!

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She chose the colors, which is why we have a glittery purple pipe cleaner. 

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We trimmed the final candy canes down to the size she wanted, and hung them on our tree!

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See more of the crafts I let her choose from pinned to my Christmas Theme Board!

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board

Mouse Paint Preschool Fun

Mouse Paint Preschool Fun

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We used the book Mouse Paint for our special Letter M theme and Ladybug loved it!  Here’s her special Mouse Paint shelf…

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She went straight for the counting game in the mini pocket chart, which we played several times after this also!

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We read the book MANY times, and enjoyed using special props as we told the story.  I put a tiny cat and mouse in a basket on the shelf and she played with these so much!

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We used our rainbow blocks to be the “paint”

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We also pulled down the printable colored mice to use…

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We worked on our Mouse Paint Pocket Chart Printables, but she wasn’t nearly as impressed as I was.

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We colored the Mouse Paint Colors book together…

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The highlight was making egg carton mice!

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Our purple mix was a big fat failure, so I cheated and got the purple paint from the cabinet.

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She didn’t want to use Qtips on the color word printables I made for her, so we used glue and glitter!

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She loved using stickers on the dot fun sheet

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We also used stickers for the graphing activity!

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We used these sheets as a final review of color mixing!  I got the first one here,

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The printable below is from Homeschool Share

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Some of her finished Mouse Paint work…

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See our free Mouse Paint printables below…

Mouse Paint Q Tip Painting Color Words    Mouse Paint Pocket Chart Printables

 

See our Letter M preschool here {we added this theme in along with the work done in that post}

Home Preschool Letter M 

More theme printable packs…

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See more home preschool fun over at Preschool Corner!

Ideas for Using ~ ABC Letter Crafts

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts

There are many creative art opportunities for you to explore with the Animal ABC letter crafts.  The templates are blank and simple in nature for this reason, so you can use your own ideas based on what YOUR child enjoys.  Here are some ideas for you to get your creative juices flowing!

Even if you don’t use Animal ABCs, you can still use the letter templates provided and make fun letter crafts with them!


Marble Painting

Put the whole letter page in a shallow cardboard box and drop a large or small marble in and squirt some paint in.  Let your child choose colors as s/he names them.  This activity not only produces a beautiful piece of artwork in the end, but also gives your child the chance to work through many skills.  Balancing the marble and getting it to go where desired is a big challenge for most young kids!

Marble Painting

{blog post featuring marble painted letter}


Cloud Painting

{or snow painting}

Mix white glue and white shaving cream together in about equal parts to make a fluffy cloud like paint.  Add a few drops of tempera paint for color.

Cloud Painting Cloud Painting

(blog post featuring cloud painted letter E, & cloud painted letter D}


Tempera Paint

Simple, yes, but oh so fun for a tot.  Be sure to allow color mixing at this stage, it’s so much fun for tots to explore freely with paint.  My girl is usually a one color girl, by her own choice!

 Painting

Your choice of brushes, or painting materials, can change up this whole activity.  Here’s a few things to try…

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes (set of 4)    Young Artist Texture Painting Set    Alex Toys Beginner Brushes (3)    image

{blog post featuring  painted letter C}


Water Color Paint

Also simple, but challenging for tots as they think through the way to get the paint on their brushes!  None of my tots have enjoyed water colors, but I always expose them at an early age!

Water Color Paint

{blog post featuring water color painted letter A}


Markers

My tots love markers {washable of course}.  Simply coloring the letter with markers can be a fun choice, and is one Ladybug chooses often!

Markers

{blog post featuring letter F}


Dot Paint

Dot paint is fun and most kids love it!  Allow your child to dot paint the full sheet and then you can cut the letter out after it dries!

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{blog post featuring dot painted letter Q}


Stickers

If you have letter stickers you can use those.  If you have stickers of the featured animal…cool!  Or just a fun variety of stickers to reinforce the letter shape while working on fine motor skills.Stickers

{blog post featuring stickers on letter L}


Finger Paint

You can see her stickers on the letter, which we did prior to the finger paint.   I let her fingerpaint on the whole page first and then cut out the letter after it dries.Finger Paint

{blog post featuring finger painted letter L}


Sponge Painting

A bit of tempera paint and a small sponge just adds another element of creativity to painting.  Again, I leave the page whole and let her paint away, then cut after it dries.

Sponge Paint

{blog post featuring sponge painted letter N}


Letter Stamps

We have the Melissa & Doug ABC Stamp set and this large ink pad.

ABC Stamps

{blog post featuring stamped letter M}


Glitter

You can have your tot paint the letter first, or just use glitter.  I outlined the letter in white glue and then gave her shakable glitter to make the letter stand out.  I hate glitter, but she loves it so I bust it out every so often!Glitter

{blog post featuring glittered letter K}


Tissue Paper Collage

Use colored tissue paper {or construction paper if you don’;t have tissue} and help your tot tear it into small pieces.  Provide a small cup with watered down glue {a few drops of water in with white glue} and a Qtip.  Show your tot how to add glue to the paper and then stick tissue paper on top.  They can also lay the tissue paper and apply the glue right over the top! Tot School Letter X Collage

After the tissue collection is dry, cut out the letter and apply the animals!Homeschool-3951

{blog post featuring tissue paper collage letter}


I made a simple pdf file of these ideas that you can print out and keep with your supplies, for those days when you are feeling less-than-creative! You can download the printable file here!

ABC Art Ideas ABC Art Ideas


See more “Ideas for Using” posts ~

Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables Ideas for Using Roll and Graph