When studying clouds in my youth, I distinctly remember always having to create cotton ball clouds. You grab that plastic bag full of fluffy balls of cotton, a bottle of glue, and paste away! Now, as a homeschooling mom is is environmentally conscious, I wanted to create a cloud art project that did not include cotton balls. Even though fluffy clouds can be fun, it takes a lot of energy and resources to create cotton. While we probably won’t stop using cotton balls completely for some of our fun crafts, it was fun to reimagine cloud crafts without cotton balls.
For this simple cloud art project, the adult will need to create the pieces that the young learner will use to make cloud crafts with. To get started, here’s what you’ll need. You may find that you already have these supplies at home!
- pencil and/or black marker
- a blue or landscape background (blue construction paper, or cardboard painted with blue paint)
- X-ACTO knife/box knife
- white paint (for clouds)
- hot glue gun
How to create this cloud art craft project:
- On a small scrap piece of cardboard that is no larger than 8″x5″, draw the shapes of clouds about 4″ in length with at least 1″ of space in between each cloud
- Use a sharp tool (X-ACTO or box knife) to cut the clouds out
- Using the hot glue gun, glue each cut out cloud shape onto a piece of cardboard that is about 1″ larger than the cloud on each side
- let you young learners use the cloud stamps and cloud cut out to create cloud crafts of their own
How to use this cloud art:
- stamps for play doh
- stencils to paint clouds
- stamp to create painted clouds
- cloud puzzle
These cloud stamps and stencils can assist in your cloud learning activities as well as serve as a fun arts and crafts tool for kids to play with. You can even use the stamps in play doh!
Cloud Art Project Ideas:
- use glue to paint raindrops beneath the clouds
- use beans to show snow below the clouds
- create a scene beneath the clouds
- glue the stencil onto a solid piece of cardboard and use it as a sensory activity – let children school and fill it with rice, beans, pompoms, or any other small item in a large quantity that they can scoop
What ways would you use them? Let us know in the comments!
More from this water cycle activity series:
Carla Jansen, author of the upcoming book, “A Dinosaur Made Me Spill,” is hosting this water cycle blog series! Head over to her website to read about more water cycle activities for kids.
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