Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rainbow Volcano: Spring Kids Crafts Project #59

Kids Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Rainbow Volcano Preschool Kids Craft

This project was inspired by Teach Preschool's recent Facebook video post "Tall Paintings". Recently, Teacher Tom also did a similar project that was inspired by the same post where he used a tall block to pour over! I think we all agree that the video was fascinating and beautiful! Take a look:

Supplies Needed:
  • Brightly Colored Tempera Paints
  • Small Cups (condiment cups size) or Popsicle sticks (1 for each color paint you're going to use)
  • Sheet of Cardboard or Very Thick Paper (like watercolor paper)
  • Plastic Egg (you need half)
  • White Glue
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 5-10 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Put glue on the open edge of the larger half of your plastic egg. (They come in 6 or 12 packs for about $2 at the craft or grocery store).
  2. Attach to center of your cardboard/thick paper.
    HINT: It has to be very thick paper. Construction paper will NOT work for this. Cardboard is best.
  3. Pour a different paint color into each of your cups OR put a popsicle stick with each bottle of paint.
    Our popsicle sticks at the end of our project.
  4. You will be pouring each paint color over the top of the egg's peak. Pour enough that it starts at the peak and then flows down the egg and lands on the paper. If you are using a popsicle stick, get a good glob of paint on there and then hold the stick vertically so that the tip is almost touching the peak of the egg. You may have to dip the stick more than once. If the opening of your paint container will allow, a measuring spoon would probably work well.
  5. Continue until you have used all of your paint colors - you can even repeat them! You're done whenever you want to be!
  6. Let dry completely.
    HINT: Depending on how large you made it and how much paint you used, it could be 2 days or more!
  7. ENJOY! You're Rainbow Volcano is done!
  8. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. In this case have all the paint ready to pour!

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. There is NO wrong way to do this project! Use as many or as few colors as you like! It will look beautiful either way :)

  For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is but may want to experiment with using a taller object to pour over and a different kind of paint.

Butterfly Paint by Numbers by Melissa & Doug
READ! A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Duckie's Rainbow" By Frances Barry. Duckie's in a hurry to get home because it looks like rain. Join her on her journey home through the red poppy field, under the orange bridge and past the big green tree. With each turn of the page the landscape changes color - leading to a wonderful surprise at the end! Much like some of Eric Carle's books', this one has interestingly cut pages that make little ones very excited to participate, touch, and flip pages!

Print out this Color Mixing Activity Sheet to learn how to mix colors to get new colors!

Check out these FREE Rainbow Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

MAKE A RAINBOW Science Lesson! If you have water, a mirror, and a light, you can make a rainbow right now!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.

Related Links:
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Deborah J Stewart said...

Well done!

Anonymous said...

I really want to try this with my four year olds! Been fascinated since seeing the original video. The paint in your photos looks shiny and thick - did you add anything to the tempera paints? Is it premixed or powdered tempera? Thanks for any further tips! wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

The paint was just "poster" paint (tempera paint-premade, not powdered). I didn't have anything else. I've heard of others using acrylic paints and still others just mixing glue with the tempera paint but I haven't tried either of those.

You may want to try having them use a tsp measuring spoon to drip the paint on. It was tricky with the popsicle sticks!

Pufferbellies Toys and Books said...

These look like fantastic fun! I'm going to be daring and make them tomorrow at our weekly "Crafternoon" event at my toy store. I'm going to use a heavy paper plate as the base and squeeze the tempera paints from squeeze bottles. Couldn't possibly be messy!

Pufferbellies Toys and Books said...

This looks fabulous and fascinating and FUN! I'm going to be daring and try it tomorrow afternoon at our store's weekly "Crafternoon." I'm going to use heavy paper plates for the base and squeeze the tempera from squeeze bottles. Couldn't possibly be messy!

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