Rainy weather usually keeps most preschoolers indoors and most teachers looking for extra activities to include in their lesson plans. These Raindrop Suncatchers make a great rainy day activity that both preschool teachers and students will love! Use this idea to build fine motor skills and to create!
Develop Fine Motor Skills
Don’t those suncatchers make a beautiful window display? If your classroom doesn’t have large windows, they also look great displayed on a wall or bulletin board. Kids enjoy making these raindrops because they get to use a pencil sharpener (and teachers love that their crayons get new life by being sharpened!)
Peeling and sharpening crayons is a great way for kids to work their little fingers for excellent fine motor practice. By peeling off crayon paper and twisting the crayon in the sharpener, students are preparing their finger and hand muscles for strong pencil grip later.
Peel and Sharpen
Supplies to make this project:
- Blue crayons
- Pencil or crayon sharpener
- Waxed paper
- Iron (for adult use only)
You can choose to have the blue crayons already gathered and peeled for the students, or you can allow the students to look through crayon boxes and pick their favorite shades of blue to use.
Once the crayons have been peeled, they are ready to be sharpened! This is probably the favorite part of any preschooler. It is quite satisfying for them to see how they can transform a blunt crayon to a point again! I had my kids sharpen the crayons right on top of a large sheet of waxed paper. As we sharpened, we spread the shavings around to take up space on the waxed paper.
We used a large sheet of waxed paper for my kids to work on together, but you may want to use smaller, individual pieces for each student.
After the shavings have been collected and spread evenly across the paper, cut another sheet of paper equal in size to lay on top of the shavings. Use an iron on the lowest setting to iron directly on top of the waxed paper and melt the crayon shavings. It only takes a quick swipe of the iron to do this. The wax immediately melts and cools rather quickly.
Teachers or students can then draw raindrop shapes on the paper and cut them out.
Use a hole puncher and embroidery floss to string them up in windows for display!
BIO: Clarissa is a former elementary teacher and writer of the blog Munchkins and Moms. She loves to share creative preschool activities that are both playful and educational. Check out some of her popular posts such as Rainy Day Window Art, a perfect accompaniment to this activity! Don’t forget to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more creative ideas!
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