Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

Every so often, we have a theme week for crafts. It makes it easier for me to think of ideas (or find some on Pinterest!) This week, “in the sky” was the prompt for our crafting endeavours. Most of our creations have been simple enough for both my toddler and preschooler to join in with, without too much assistance being needed from Mummy.

 Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

1. Sky picture

Sky pictures - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

This was a nice simple activity for both the girls to do. A blue paper plate as the background for the sky, fluffy cotton wool balls for clouds, coloured pipe cleaner pieces for a rainbow and cut-out shapes for the sun and an aeroplane. Sophie needed a little help trying to get the cotton wool balls to stay on the plate rather than on her glue-covered fingers. The rainbow colours were mostly scattered across the “sky” too! Other than that (and me cutting out the sun and aeroplane beforehand), they were happy just to get creative by themselves.

 

Making sky pictures - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

2. Cloud with rainbow

Cloud and rainbow - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

I have Bing Bunny to thank for Jessica knowing the order of the colours in the rainbow. There is a little song that the characters sing in one or two episodes to help them remember the colours. Jessica happily sang this to herself as she threaded the pipe cleaners through the holes punched in half a paper plate. She only needed my help to twist them to keep them in place. Coloured strips of paper or ribbon would also work well instead of pipe cleaners – we just didn’t have all the right colours. Fluffy cotton wool balls glued into place finished off the cloud beautifully.

Making a cloud and rainbow - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

3. Sun

Another very simple activity – a yellow paper plate with pieces of yellow paper stuck around the edges. Jessica enjoyed practising her scissor skills and helping to cut out the sun’s rays. Sophie preferred to stick her paper pieces in the middle of her sun rather than around the edges though. We finished off with a couple of googly eyes and then used a black marker to draw a mouth.

Making a paper plate sun - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

4. Moon and star

The girls needed a lot more help with this one. I cut a blue paper plate in half and then cut out the outline of the moon on each half. The star was cut out of sparkly gold card. Both girls needed some help to attach it to the moon with a pipe cleaner (which was taped down at the back of the moon and star). They did add the googly eyes and black marker pen mouth themselves though!

Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

5. Peg aeroplane

Peg aeroplane - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

Our final “in the sky craft” – painting a wooden clothes peg and gluing two lolly sticks top and bottom and an oval shaped piece of cardboard on top. Sophie needed a little guidance to get the paint on the peg and a lot of help with sticking the lolly sticks in place. Jessica managed quite well with only a little assistance though.

Making a peg aeroplane - Up in the sky: themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

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32 Comments

  1. August 18, 2015 / 7:31 am

    They look so effective! Great ideas, all look fun to do and easy enough, too x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn, the girls had fun doing them 🙂

  2. August 18, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Ooo, look at you go! They’re amazing! We have a similar one coming up on our post too (which I’m just about to write up!)
    Thanks for linking up to #imaginationmatters, it would be great to see you again – next week is “transport” themed!

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you – lovely to link up and hope to join in again soon! 🙂

  3. August 18, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Great idea to have a themed week. Love the activities as they look really effective but look relatively straight forward. Looks like the girls really enjoyed making them – love the concentration on their faces! 🙂 Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKIds

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you – it was lovely to see them being able to get creative without too much assistance from me 🙂

  4. August 18, 2015 / 9:56 am

    So very cute! I’ll be saving this idea for us to use too!

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you, hope you enjoy trying them 🙂

  5. August 18, 2015 / 11:18 am

    I am sooooo doing this! It’s right up my street! I’m fascinated with the moon, stars and rainbows at the moment x Thabks for sharing. The kids look engrossed x #LetKidsBeKids x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Isabella – hope you have fun having a go at them too 🙂

  6. Louisa
    August 18, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    These are fab! I’m pinning to my craft board to try on a rainy day x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Louisa – hope you enjoy doing them if you try them out 🙂

  7. August 18, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Fantastic simple ideas for lovely themed crafts. My favourite is the cloud and rainbow, very pretty. They look totally engrossed in it.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I loved the cloud and rainbow too. Lovely to link up again 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Caroline 🙂

  8. August 18, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Wow they all look great! What a clever idea – I must try this with Emma! Thanks for sharing 🙂 #letkidsbekids

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you – hope you enjoy trying them out 🙂

  9. August 19, 2015 / 5:55 am

    Great post, I can’t wait until I can start doing crafts with Archie, in fact he’ll probably have a go now so might try this! #kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you – hope you enjoy giving it a go 🙂

  10. LittleOandMe
    August 19, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Wow, this is a great idea. I love the moon with the little star. I am going have a go making these with Oliver, he has just started to ask questions about the weather so this would be perfect.
    Becky-LittleOandme
    #Kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you Becky – hope you have fun making them with Oliver 🙂

  11. August 19, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Ah, you come up with the most lovely crafts! I love the little airplanes & the sky plates. The girls look like they really enjoyed making them too. #KidsCorner x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks Becky – Pinterest is great for getting ideas! We had a lot of fun making these 🙂

  12. August 20, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Great ideas 🙂 loving the rainbow in particular xx #kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you – the rainbow was my favourite too 🙂

  13. August 22, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Fab ideas love the rain bow cloud that looks great thank you for sharing on #kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks Amy, lovely to link up 🙂

  14. August 24, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    I adore that cloud with a rainbow!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 27, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks Katy 🙂

  15. October 3, 2016 / 6:21 am

    These are great it nice to have a theme. Ours is currently Halloween.

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