Puppets are a great addition to circle time activities and music time. Preschoolers are more interested in activities that they can play a hands on roll in. Preschoolers will enjoy making these easy cloud puppets that can be used in a weather theme or incorporated into the singing of any rain related song.
What You Need
Blue Construction Paper
A Large Craft Stick
What To Do
Adult Preparation – Cut cloud-like shapes out of the blue paper. Each preschooler will need one cloud shape to use.
Preschooler Participation – Give each preschooler a blue cloud shape, a glue bottle, and a handful of cotton balls. Show them how to put a small dot of glue on the cotton ball and stick it to the cloud shape. Have the preschoolers continue until the entire cloud shape is filled with cotton balls. This repetitive activity is wonderful for helping preschoolers develop their small motor skills.
While the preschoolers are gluing the cotton balls to their cloud shape talk to them about clouds. Ask them what clouds look like before it rains. Explain to the preschoolers that clouds fill with water and turn dark colors when they are full. Tell them that we can see that it is going to rain by the color of the sky.
Variation – Water down some gray paint and put it in a spray bottle. Give preschoolers the choice to make their rainclouds look like they are full of water by spraying the paint onto the cotton balls to make a dark storm cloud.
When the Cotton balls are dry, help preschoolers glue a large craft stick to the back of the rain cloud. The cloud puppets can be used as part of a circle time about the weather or as puppets while singing songs about rain.