Interactive Cloud Craft with Rainbow Fan
This cloud craft with a rainbow fan is so much more than just another kids’ craft that you do not have a place for. This paper craft opens and closes to display the rainbow over the cloud.
This could make a great mindfulness activity, as you open the rainbow think positive thoughts, even say them out loud. Close the rainbow and open it again, saying something else that you are grateful for in your life. Do this several times as a positive type of meditation. You can also use this to time your deep breathing, open and close slowly while breathing in and exhaling out.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- White construction paper
- 2 Large popsicle sticks
- Glue stick
- Elmer’s glue
- Cloud template
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Step 1: Color a Rainbow
- Fold the piece of white construction paper in half long-wise and cut along the line.
- Overlap the 2 pieces at the end and glue together using your glue stick. You will have a nice long thin piece of paper.
- Then simply color on a rainbow, using whatever marker colors you choose. (Or you can use crayons instead if you prefer.)
Step 2: Accordion Fold
- Take your long colored rainbow and fold it into an accordion. *Each section should be about the width of your large popsicle stick.
- Set this aside while you complete step 3.
Step 3: Make the Cloud
- Print the cloud template, cut it out and trace it onto the bottom of the paper plate.
- OR you can draw your own cloud on the bottom or the paper plate, being sure to keep one section a little lower so that the rainbow will show above easily.
- Use your markers to design you cloud. I decided that mine would have a happy face, but yours should look however you want it to.
Step 4: Create a Rainbow Fan
- Place the large popsicle sticks on top of each other and place a piece of scotch tape over the tip.
- Then reverse the popsicle sticks so that the tape is on the inside with a little space between the sticks.
- Use the glue stick to attach one end of the colored rainbow to one popsicle stick and glue the other end to the other popsicle stick. *You will want to make sure that the front of the rainbow fan is flush with the front of the popsicle sticks so that it can lie flat against the back of the cloud in the next step.
Step 5: Put Your Cloud Craft Together
- Make a line of Elmer’s glue on the back of your cloud craft wherever you want your rainbow to start.
- Then place one of the popsicle sticks onto the the glue, being careful not to get the glue all over your rainbow fan but as much on the stick as possible.
- Now set this aside and give it plenty of time to dry. This will take awhile.
- Once it has dried, open and close the rainbow fan to make the rainbow appear over the top of the cloud.
I can think of so many uses for this cloud craft with a rainbow fan. It would be so fun to make on St. Patrick’s Day or for a Sunday School craft when talking about the story of Noah. Or just make it for the shear fun of it…you don’t really need a reason to make a craft. And this cloud craft idea is special because it is interactive.