- Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, scissors, some crayons, glue and some blue craft foam.
- Start by drawing a big U and the top of an umbrella. Don’t cut them out yet.
- Have your child color the U and umbrella with crayons. Don’t forget that when they are coloring you have the opportunity to teach them about colors!
- While they are coloring cut out some rain drops out of the blue foam. I like using foam for stuff like this because little hands do well with it, and it adds some texture to the craft.
- When they are done decorating their umbrella hand them the other page and have them draw puddles, or clouds or if they are little anything is great, my son drew a boat and a dinghy! At least that’s what he told me 🙂
- Cut out the U and the umbrella.
- Glue on the U.
- Add the umbrella
- Add glue for the rain drops.
- Add them on!
- All done!
” Weather” by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!
” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” by My First Taggies Book is a fun little book with the ever popular tags which add an extra level of sensory experience for your little one. The pictures are cute, the rhyme familiar and I liked traveling with this book when my son was little, because of the tags it was a double duty, book and touch toy!
jamie b says
I have a funny question for you 🙂 You may have answered this in another place, but I couldn’t find it. If I was go go buy some supplies to just have on hand to do your fun, fun crafts, where would be a good place to start? Do you think you could make a list of essentials? (construction paper, glue, etc) 🙂 I would greatly appreciate it!!!
A friend just sent me the link to you’re blog and i’m so glad! I have a 2 year old and twin 10 month olds so needless to say I’m a bit drained right now and coming up with new and creative ideas for us is getting harder and harder!
I just started the “letter of the week” and already can’t wait for next week! I’m going to go in order so I don’t forget which ones I’ve covered already. Today we cut out Apples, Alligators and Armadillos! Tomorrow we’re going to make the “A”lien, I’m also going to add in a letter-themed cooking day – she loves to help me bake so tomorrow we’re going to make Applesauce.
To Jamie B – If you look on her list of topics on the right hand side bar, you will see “FAQ”. The suggested list of supplies is under there. Here’s the link:
P.S. Sorry, didn’t mean to delete my post, just wanted to edit it! 🙂
jamie b says
thank you! 🙂
Tanya- thank you so much for finding that for Jamie! I was just coming to post the same thing.
lis – That sounds like so much fun, I love making home made applesauce.
Bethany M says
I know your blog is geared towards toddlers and pre-k, but I thought this post reminded me of some books that my 18-month-old absolutely loves, and they might apply to several of your craft/acivity ideas. It’s called “What can you do in the rain?” with 3 other versions of “…snow?” “…wind?” and “…sun?” It’s been so fun to go through with my little one and whenever it is rainy or windy or whatever, we get out our book and experience what it says! The author is Anna Grossnickle Hines.