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Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft

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Spring is on the way and it’s bringing lots of weather changes. This upcoming season of change and rebirth is a good time to begin teaching preschoolers about the weather. Lately, we’ve been learning a lot about clouds so I’ve created a fun new rain cloud craft activity for preschoolers that I can’t wait to share with you. 

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Art

This fun new recycled rain cloud craft will give your preschool learners a hands-on way to explore rain clouds and the weather this Spring. Ready to get the scoop on weather activities for preschoolers with this exciting rain cloud craft?

Keep reading to learn all about this and other cloud activities for preschoolers.

Weather Activities

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Learning with Cloud Activities for Preschoolers

Exploring the weather with preschoolers can help them not to be afraid of bad weather like thunderstorms. Weather activities are a fun way to teach preschool learners about these important topics.

Begin by helping them to notice the weather outside. Talk about how it feels and what it looks like. 

Is it cloudy out? Then it’s the perfect time for some cloud activities for preschoolers! There are many different types of clouds and they each go with very different weather. Did you know cirrus clouds don’t bring rain?

You can begin learning about clouds with your preschoolers using this recycled cloud craft for preschool. 

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Rain Cloud Craft

Let’s face it, many of us have various broken crayons that have been accumulating for years. Here’s a fun way to use some of them up as we patiently wait for Spring. This weather-themed raindrop activity comes with the bonus of working on fine motor skills as kiddos use the sharpeners on the crayons, tracing, and cutting.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Ready to get started? Begin by…

Creating this recycled craft with your preschoolers is a fun way to begin exploring clouds and their role in the water cycle.

Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Cut two pieces of wax paper, about 18 inches long each.

Tape one piece to a table so it will stay in place while kids are working.

Starting with an empty pencil sharpener, have kids twist down to shave the crayons as much as possible.

Recycled Materials Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Spread the shaved wax across the piece of wax paper, then lay the second piece of wax paper on top and tape that in place.

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Have an adult use an iron to melt the crayon wax between the wax papers, start with a low setting and increase the temp as needed.

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

The wax will harden right away and you can trace or free hand draw raindrops and cut them out.

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

We cut the embroidery hoop by doing a bunch of simple Larks Head Knots.

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Glue the raindrops to Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

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Rain Cloud Craft Preschool

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

You may want to work with a piece of NON wax paper on your work surface and tape the wax paper to this and use something between the iron and wax paper. This will protect both the surface of the table and your iron.

Or you can simply and carefully, wipe the surfaces with a hot wet cloth as soon as you’re done with the project.

Make a Rain Cloud Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

You can teach your preschoolers more about clouds and the water cycle with these other exciting preschool activities and read alouds:

Learning with cloud activities is a fun way to introduce your preschoolers to a weather themed unit study. Keep reading to discover more fun weather activities to try with your preschoolers at home and in the classroom.

Weather Activities to Try

There are so many fun weather activities to explore with preschoolers! Kids can learn a lot by observing and recording the weather they see outdoors each day. Keeping a weather chart is a fun way to learn about the weather in your area and helps kids know what to expect with each season.

You can use this time to talk about all kinds of amazing weather phenomena like tornadoes, hurricanes, snow, rain, and ice. I’ve got tons of fun crafts and weather activities for preschoolers that are perfect for classrooms or learning at home.

Check out some of our favorites below:

Recycled Crafts for Earth Day

With Earth Day just around the corner, this recycled crayon rain cloud craft is a fun way to teach your kids about reusing old items to reduce waste and encourage recycling. Plus, it’s a beautiful cloud activity that will look great in your window!

Celebrating Earth Day with preschoolers at home and in the classroom is a fun way to teach them all about how we can take care of the earth by reducing waste, reusing items when possible, and recycling rather than throwing out things like plastic and cardboard. 

I bet you have lots of old crayons laying around. Broken crayons, ones with the wrapper peeled off, etc. Gather up those old crayons and get ready for a really exciting recycled craft your kids are going to be excited about this Spring. 

April showers might bring May flowers, but did you know broken crayons can bring quality time with your preschoolers, important lessons about recycling, and beautiful rain cloud art for their bedroom windows? With this adorable recycled crayon craft, all those things are true. 

Looking for more recycled crafts to do with your preschoolers this Earth Day? Check out these crafts and activities we love almost as much as this recycled crayon rain cloud:

Earth Day Sensory Bottles

If you’re like me, your recycling bin has at least a few 16oz plastic bottles. With this fun recycled craft, you can turn those old plastic bottles into an engaging sensory experience your toddlers and preschoolers will get excited with this Earth Day Sensory Bottle craft. 

Recycled Bee Habitat

Get ready to use your cans for an important cause: bee habitats. Thanks to deforestation and global warming, bees are in trouble. We need our pollinators so many are working to create bee apartments and habitats where pollinators can safely live and work.

Check out this Recycled Bee Habitat to learn how your old containers can help.

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Do you know how long it takes for glass to decompose? One million years! That’s a long time for glass to sit in the landfill. The good news is that we can recycle glass in tons of ways! Did you know you can use an old mason jar to feed the birds in your backyard?

Check out this simple Mason Jar Bird Feeder craft to help your kids learn more about recycling and their feathered friends. 

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Art

Why melt down and recycle crayons? After all, we can still color with them even when they’re broken or missing the labels. One important reason to recycle your old crayons is because crayons that end up in the garbage can transform into a waxy sludge that’s not safe for plants and animals in the wild.

Recycling your old crayons for this cloud art project is a fun way for kids to explore recycling, learn about the weather, and create some colorful art too.

How will you teach your preschoolers about recycling and the weather this year?

Share your lesson plans and craft ideas in the comments section. I can’t wait to read about your preschool learning journey!

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Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Teaching children about weather helps reinforce the seasons which helps to explain rain, rainbows, clouds, and so much more. And this Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft and Cloud Activities for Preschoolers make great Weather Activities, Weather Theme, Use Recycled Materials for Recycled Crafts for an Earth Day Craft

Rain Cloud Craft

Recycled Crayon Rain Cloud Craft

Rain Cloud Craft made with Recycled Crayon

Ingredients
  • Old blue crayons different shades are great
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • String or Bakers Twine
  • Cotton balls or fill for clouds
  • A circle that everything can hang from, we used a small embroidery hoop
Instructions
  1. Cut two pieces of wax paper, about 18 inches long each.
  2. Tape one piece to a table so it will stay in place while kids are working.
  3. Starting with an empty pencil sharpener, have kids twist down to shave the crayons as much as possible.
  4. Spread the shaved wax across the piece of wax paper, then lay the second piece of wax paper on top and tape that in place.
  5. Have an adult use an iron to melt the crayon wax between the wax papers, start with a low setting and increase the temp as needed.
  6. The wax will harden right away and you can trace or free hand draw raindrops and cut them out.
  7. We cut the baker’s twine into a bunch of different lengths and added them to the embroidery hoop by doing a bunch of simple Larks Head Knots.
  8. Glue the raindrops to the twine, hot glue is fastest for an adult, or kiddos can do this with craft glue on their own and wait a bit longer for it to dry.
  9. Add the cotton to the top of the ring with hot glue.
Recipe Notes

*You may want to work with a piece of NON wax paper on your work surface and tape the wax paper to this and use something between the iron and wax paper. This will protect both the surface of the table and your iron. Or you can simply and carefully, wipe the surfaces with a hot wet cloth as soon as you’re done with the project.

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