After reading stacks of picture books about storms, my kids and I wanted to create a thunderstorm craft to go with the stories.
My first thought for making clouds, probably like yours, was cotton balls. I wanted them gray, so we tried painting them.
So back to the drawing board.
Then I remembered homemade puffy paint. I found just the right super-easy, 2-ingredient recipe for it on Crafty Morning, and mixed some up. It came out just right.
I liked that no matter how sloppily the kids paint, you can still get a cute result. So let them “do their process art” and enjoy the lovely puffy paint texture. Then, when it all dries, you can assemble it into a fun collage.
Here is how you can get the results pictured…
Thunderstorm Craft Materials
Gold chenille stems (a.k.a. pipe cleaners)
Thunderstorm Craft Instructions
- Use watercolor to paint rain on a full sheet of construction paper.
|See how awful the painted cotton balls are!|
- Cut out clouds from black construction paper. Lay them on waxed paper.
- Mix half glue and half shaving cream in a small dish. Swirl in a little light gray tempera paint (don’t mix in completely).
- Paint the clouds with a thick layer of puffy paint.
- Sprinkle with glitter (I know. Glitter is evil. That’s why I’ve listed it as “optional”)
- Let the paint dry flat 24 hours.
- When the clouds are dry, glue them onto the collage.
- Glue on googly eyes, and draw a mouth.
- Cut each chenille stem in half. Bend each half back and forth to form lightening bolts.
- Use a generous amount of glue to attach the lightening.