A Bright Sun Craft to Make with Preschoolers

A sun craft is a fun way for kids to welcome spring and summer. 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!

Bright sunshine craft to make with preschoolers - Preschool Toolkit

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Kids can paint on everything from cardboard boxes and foam trays, to aluminum foil and wrapping paper. They don't need expensive brushes, special art paper or a paint easel to enjoy painting activities.

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.

Our instructions for this craft provide options that will allow flexibility for you and your child to complete the bright sun.


Related: Painting and Drawing on Cardboard

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supplies for bright sun preschool craft


  • cardboard
  • yellow paint
  • paint brushes



Bright sunshine craft to make with preschoolers

Follow our Crafts board on Pinterest for more hands-on activities.


1.Cut a 7 inch (18 cm) diameter circle from corrugated cardboard.

2. 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!

3. 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.


Bright sunshine craft to make with preschoolers


 4. When the paint is dry, turn the sun over and glue the 'rays' of the sun to the cardboard.

5. Allow the glue to set to make sure the sticks stay in place.

6. Poke a hole in the edge and insert a loop made with string or yarn for a hanger.

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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.

This bright yellow sun craft engages fine motor skills and counting skills as well as creativity and language skills. This activity can be added to a seasonal or science (planets) theme.  

Would you like to add some twinkling eyes and a grin to this sun?

Display your bright glittering sun in the classroom, or hang it 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!


More sun crafts!

20 Fun and Easy Sun Crafts / Look We're Learning



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