As part of our rainbow week we thought that we would get creative with the children. I am notoriously useless when it comes to arts and crafts, I’m far too clumsy and lack the patience for anything too fiddly. We tend to leave anything too ‘messy’ for playgroup or our local messy play centre as when you’ve got three children wielding paint, glue, and sticky backed plastic, it’s only ever going to end in disaster! Still, with it being rainbow week I conveniently forgot just how stressful our last art session was, or the hour I spent cleaning blue paint from my cream walls, and having made the decision to make rainbows and clouds, consulted Google, Pinterest, and trawled through endless craft inspiration, we purchased all of our supplies and got to work.
For the cloud, you will need :
PVA Glue and glue stick,
A small lantern shade, (We used these ones from Amazon)
Battery operated indoor lights, (We used these from Lights4you )
First of all we placed the lights into the lantern, being careful to make sure that the battery operated pack was at the top for easy access to the on/off switch.
Next we put a thick layer of glue all over the lantern and the children got to work sticking on the cotton wool. This resulted in some very fluffy fingertips but it was really easy and very effective.
While the cloud dried we placed it to one side and got to work on our rainbows.
For the rainbows, you will need :
Paper plates cut in half,
Coloured tissue paper cut into long strips,
PVA Glue and glue sticks,
Clear elastic. We used this one from, Amazon,
Firstly we covered our paper plates with glue, this was definitely Harrys favourite part as he is quite obsessed with glue since the days when he used to think it was yoghurt at playgroup and tried to eat it. Thankfully none of it made it into his mouth this time!
Next we covered our plates with cotton wool to make lovely white, fluffy clouds.
We then stuck the rainbow coloured tissue paper to the back of the plate to create a beautiful rainbow.
I was really impressed with how well the children did this, with minimal help, and relieved that the mess they made was actually quite minimal!
With all of our rainbows finished, and the cloud dried, we were ready to fix them to the girls bedroom ceiling. We threaded the elastic through the top of the rainbows and the cloud and after switching on the battery lights we hung them from the girls light fitting. Their little faces were a picture as we closed the curtains, turned off all of the lights and admired our handy work.
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