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Toddler Craft: Paper Rainbows (Two Ways)

Do you have a playdate coming up with toddlers or preschoolers?  Are you looking for an easy activity or craft to do with them?  I came up with a couple of VERY basic crafts for toddlers/preschoolers to do using stuff you probably have around your house.  And it takes no time at all to multiply it for the group size you have.

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Make It: Rainbow Puzzle

Our toddler loves puzzles!  She doesn’t always get every one of them, but they are fascinating to her.  I love that she is interested in them because they are one of my absolute favorite things to do (during all that free time I have).

In light of this fact, I had a brainstorm the other day that involved felt.  I seem to be having quite a few of those lately.  This particular brainstorm resulted in a rainbow puzzle for her to work with.  It is a perfect quiet time activity for little ones.  It will help reinforce the concepts we are currently teaching G about colors and will be a fun fine motor activity for her, too!

I created this without a pattern; but it was very easy to put together.

To make you need:

Materials:

  • Felt in red, orange, yellow, blue (I used two different shades), green, purple, and white
  • Scissors (I used fabric scissors)

Procedure:

  1. Take the purple felt and cut out a small semi-circle from the edge.  Place the semi-circle over the green felt and cut a semi-circle 1/2 inch larger than the purple one.
  2. Take the purple semi-circle and cut a 1/2 inch strip off of the top to create a curve.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining colors in reverse color spectrum order (blue, yellow, orange, red).
  4. Cut free-form clouds out of the white felt.
  5. Place onto full sheet of blue felt in a rainbow.

G enjoyed “making rainbows” all week and she did it so artfully (one of the results):

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Toddler Craft: Blue Bird

We are continuing our unit in One Year Old Preschool on the colors of the rainbow and we have come to blue.  Our choice for an animal this week was a bluebird.  This is sort of sentimental to us because I sing a bedtime song to G every night that features a bluebird.  Here’s what we did to make our basic bluebird craft:

Materials:

  • construction paper (blue, tiny bit of yellow)
  • tissue paper (blue)
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes

Procedure:

Prep:

  1. Cut a large (2 1/2″) circle and a smaller (1 3/4″ ) circle out of the blue construction paper.
  2. Cut a small triangle out of the yellow construction paper and two small legs (I did this free hand, but you could just do thin long rectangles)
  3. Cut small squares or triangles or diamonds (whichever you prefer) out of the blue tissue paper.
  4. Glue smaller circle to the top and side (backside) of the large circle.  Glue legs onto the bottom (backside) of the circle.

With your toddler:

  1. Glide a thin layer of glue onto the head of the bird and have your little one add the beak.  Glide another thin layer of glue over the body of the bird and have your toddler add the tissue paper shapes (“feathers”) to the body.
  2. Have your little one add the googly eyes.

There you have it: a bluebird! Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others.  If you do the craft, please let me know.  I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.  Here are the links to our other crafts in this unit:

Red; Ladybug

Orange: Tiger

Yellow: Giraffe

Happy Crafting with Kids!