Yeah, I know… I’m slacking… only HALF of a paper plate this time! This rain cloud craft is a great way for younger kids to work on their manual dexterity skills. For my cloud, I used purple rain in memory of the late great artist, Prince. Kids love purple 🙂
Here’s what you need:
- Half of a paper plate
- Blue tissue paper (different shades of blue if available)
- 3 blue/purple pipe cleaners
- White/grey cotton balls
- Elmer’s glue
- Hole puncher
- String (optional)
For the prep work, you have to cut the paper plates into halves. With the hole puncher, punch three holes along the bottom flat line of the half plates (Far left, center, far right). Punch another whole at the top center of the plate (for kids to add string to hang the cloud). Next cut the blue tissue paper into teardrop shapes. Boom! You’re done!
The next bits can really be done in any order, but here’s how we did it. First, we covered the outside of the half paper plate with cotton balls. Kids can use just a few, or choose to completely cover the plate (don’t cover the holes). Next, have the kids carefully (pipe cleaners can be a little bit sharp) poke the pipe cleaners through the rain drops. Have them slowly slide the drops up the pipe cleaner leaving some space between each one. See the picture for reference. Once the drops are on, carefully feed one end of the pipe cleaner about an inch or so through the bottom holes. Bend the bit that is coming through hole down on itself and twist it together to affix the “rain stems”. Presto! You have yourself a cute little rain cloud. Optionally, children can put a bit of string through the top hole for hanging purposes.
This craft goes great with:
- Rain Song by Lezlie Evans
- Once Upon a Rainy Day by Édouard Manceau