A Bright Sunshine Craft to Make with Preschoolers
One of the most rewarding results of participating in arts and crafts for parents and teachers is seeing kids get hands-on and creative with everyday materials. This painting activity uses corrugated cardboard and wood sticks to make a bright morning sun that will help you rise-and-shine with a smile!
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Kids can paint on everything from cardboard boxes to foam trays to wrapping paper. They don't need expensive brushes, special art paper or a paint easel to enjoy arts and crafts. Our instructions for this craft provide options that will allow flexibility for you and your child to complete the bright sun.
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Instructions for bright sunshine craft:
- Cut a 7 inch (18 cm) diameter circle from corrugated cardboard.
- Paint the circle and several craft sticks with yellow paint. I only had yellow finger paint which may not give as bright a coating as other types. But it did lead to actually finger painting the sun instead of using a brush!
- Shake gold glitter over the paint while it is still wet.
Another option is to cut a circle from yellow construction paper and glue it to the cardboard. Spread glue over the paper and shake glitter to make the sun sparkle, or use glitter glue to produce the sparkly effect.
- When the paint is dry, turn the sun over and glue the 'rays' of the sun to the cardboard.
- Allow the glue to set to make sure the sticks stay in place.
- Poke a hole in the edge and insert a loop made with string or yarn for a hanger.
We used 10 craft sticks but you can use more or less. And if you don't have coffee stir sticks or craft sticks, you can use other recycled options such as broken clothespins or sticks from frozen treats.
Sometimes the simplest activities have the greatest play and learning opportunities. Making a bright yellow sun engages fine motor skills and counting skills, and provides plenty of room for creativity.
Would you like to add some twinkling eyes and a grin to this sun?
Hang your bright glittering sun so it is visible when your preschooler wakes in the morning or after a nap.
It will be sure to put a smile on your faces!