Skip to main content

Stromscape Collages

One of my children's favorite art activities is to make collages. About once a week I pull out the scraps box and they glue whatever/however they want down on a piece of scrap cardboard. It's an open ended activity and it's fun to see their creativity go in different directions. Last week however, an activity from the book Arty Facts Weather and & Art Activities inspired us to make a more specific design: strormscapes. 

i think they did a pretty a great job. 

Our Supplies*: various paints (acrylic grey & silver, glitter glue, and grey & black puffy fabric paint), white glue, foam brush, scissors, foam board, aluminum foil, silver tissue paper, gold pipe cleaners, cotton balls, and tape.

*our supplies are a bit different from the ones listed in the book because we improvised and made do with the items we had on hand. 

Step 1: form storm clouds by gluing cotton balls, foil, and tissue paper to the top of your board. Be sure to cut, crumble, and manipulate supplies to make them look more cloud like. 

Step 2: paint remaining portion of board grey/silver. If desired also paint tops of cotton balls. 

Step 3/optional: add glitter. The book said to sprinkle loose glitter over the paint but because we did not have any we squeezed glitter glue over our designs instead and then used a foam brush to spread it around.

Step 4: cut pipe cleaners so they will fit on to your boards. Then bend pipe cleaners into lighting bolt shapes and glue down*. 

*glueing the pipe cleaners down was very difficult and we ended up needing to use tape to secure a few. even though the book called for pipe cleaners if we do this activity again we will use puffy paint to make our lighting bolts. 

Step 5/optional: use puffy paint to draw trees.

only mini man and v choose to do this final step. i used a piece of scratch
paper to show them how to draw a simple tree with the puffy paint - i was
very impressed/surprised by how well their trees turned out. 

a closer look at our stormscapes. 

This craft was done in conjunction with our weather unit. You may also be interested in reading about our cumulonimbus cloud craft. 

Looking for more homeschool or craft ideas? Check out these link parties: Link and LearnMade by Little HandsMontessori MondayMoney Saving Monday, Hip Homeschool HopPreschool CornerFor the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday.


  1. such a fun activity and children can learn about weather system and climate too! :-)
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style Delights Blog

  2. How cute! Love this project! ;)
    xo TJ

  3. These are too cute! I've never done collages with my pre-schooler, but I bet he'd love it!


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - you make me smile :)

Popular posts from this blog

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.

 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Knightly Affair

This past Saturday we had a joint birthday celebration for Big Buddy (6) and Mini Man (4). They have both been intrigued with knights and dragons for a while now so that's the theme we chose. 

Papa and Maca Lindsey were gracious enough to let us host the party in their backyard/secret garden, it was the perfect setting. 

In leu of traditional party favors, we outfitted the party guests with a sword, surcoat, and shield. Everyone's surcoat and shield was emblazoned with their sigil/initial.

The shields were also our party craft. They are cardboard which Jeremy cut with a laser cutter. I then hot glued and taped (double reinforcement!) ribbon on the back for handles. The kids used dot markers to decorate the shields. This worked out really well because the cardboard absorbs the ink so fast that drying is almost instantaneous.

In addition to the shields we also had a few other themed activities: a dragon catapult, sand castle building, a row of balloons for sword practice, and t…