Friday, April 5, 2013

Hands-On Toddler Activity #21: Tissue Paper Rainbows

The sun is shining. Spring is here! Yet it's still pretty cold out and the wind is blowing like crazy today, so it seems like a good day for a morning art project. Spring makes me think of flowers, rain, and rainbows, so that is what we decided to make today.

This project is great because it allows us to practice some fine motor skills in addition to learning about colors, rainbows, different textures, following directions...the list goes on!

First I drew a rainbow and cloud shape, making sure I had enough rows for each color of the rainbow. I'm keeping it simple with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, but for an older child you could discuss the colors of the real rainbow and introduce the child to the colors indigo and violet.

Next, I cut tissue paper into long strips. I wanted my son to have some practice with cutting, which did not go well, but that's why we were practicing. I showed him how to cut the strips into squares. He did some, I did a lot. Once the squares were cut, I showed him how to scrunch up the square and dip it into the glue, then place it in the correct row on the rainbow. Once the row of red paper was done, we moved on to the orange, then yellow, and so on. Finally, he glued some cotton balls on to the ends of the rainbow to make clouds.

My kiddie is almost 3, so he still needs a lot of guidance and direction when doing a project like this. So, since we are doing it together, there is lots of time for us to chat about what we are doing. We discussed the names of the different colors of the rainbow and the feelings of the different textures of paper, glue, and cotton balls (sticky, soft, fluffy, etc). He was so proud of his finished rainbow. I asked him if he wanted to hang it up, and he said, "No I want to hang it down." As in, he wanted me to hang it low enough so he could see it!






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