Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Straw Rainbows Preschool Craft

We made this fun Straw Rainbows Preschool Craft as part of our St. Patrick's Day celebration, but you could use the same concept for a spring or summer rainbow activity or as part of a colors unit!

Inspired by the rainbow sensory activity at Mess For Less, I wanted to let the kids invent rainbows and create a take home craft.  These straw rainbows ended up being perfect.

Simple Supplies:

  • colored straws, cut in 1-inch-ish segments
  • blue or green construction paper for the background
  • white paper cut into clouds
  • black paper cut into pots
  • yellow paper cut into coins
  • glue

Easy How To:

1.  Explain that we're making rainbows today!  Let your children choose their background paper and make sure they can reach all the pieces.  I set them out in a tray:

2.  Review how to glue and let your kiddos get to work!

HINT:  When you let your children do a glue project, squirt some glue onto a piece of construction paper and let them dip their papers (or straws!) in the glue, and then place it on their papers.

Ta da!!   All done!  Beautiful Straw Rainbows!!  I love how this preschool craft allows for so much creative expression: my oldest was very particular about building her rainbow in the correct color order while my boys' rainbows were not even in a line!  And since I'm sure you want to see all their masterpieces, here are the rest (the first one is at the top of this post):

Happy Educating, Carla

I may share at any of these parties!