Last week I posted a cool sensory play sun suncatcher craft, but I still had preschool sun crafts on the brain here! While the suncatchers were more about playing with them once they’re finished, this one is all about the process of creating.
No, this isn’t quite process art – that has its own important place in the classroom. However, this is more open-ended than many other preschool crafts. You can use it as a creative center when you teach with a summer sun theme, or when you have a space theme – or just anytime.
The materials pretty much are the craft here! You can get creative and use what you have on hand, but here’s what I used:
- Sectioned plastic tray – mine came from Dollar Tree a while back
- 5-inch stars cutout from yellow and orange paper (here is a free template for you)
- Star-shaped hand punch – make sure it’s safe for little fingers
- Strips of yellow and orange paper for the punch
- Plastic gems in gold, red, and silver
- Small pompoms in red, orange, and yellow
- Small squares of tissue paper (I only had yellow, but red and orange would also be good)
- Gold glitter glue
- Glue stick
- 2-inch paper circles (not pictured because I thought of it too late)
You might also like to include children’s scissors, larger sheets of paper, and markers or crayons. Googly eyes might be fun too.
Really, all you need to do is show the children how to use the materials. Explain that the sun is a star, and that we can glue two paper stars together in a way that looks like the sun.
Then let them get creative making their own unique sun crafts! Preschoolers are amazing in what they come up with sometimes.
Here are my boring teacher-made examples:
Your littles are going to have so much fun making their own imaginative preschool sun crafts! Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on these bright sunny crafting goodies.