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Watermelons and summer go hand in hand! Looking for something special to celebrate Labor Day weekend or maybe you have a birthday coming up? Whatever the reason, the shape of watermelon slices lends itself perfectly for a fun crown.

Start with:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard or Cardstock
  • Stapler, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a green ring around the outside of a few paper plates. Allow paint to dry.

Step 2: Paint the inner portion of the paper plates red or bright pink. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3: Cut each paper plate into fourths.

Step 4: Paint black seeds on the watermelon slices, or use a single hole paper punch and glue the black circles on the slices.

Step 5: Create a crown band with a long strip of cardboard or cardstock, using glue and/or staples if needed. (We recommend adults use the stapler if needed.)

Step 6: Glue the watermelon slice around the crown band.

Whether a special occasion or just because - this watermelon creation is fun for anytime!

 

This rainbow is perfect for working on labeling shapes - each row of the rainbow has a different set of shapes!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Cardstock in Colors of Rainbow
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a paper plate in half.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut a variety of shapes - circles, half circles, squares, triangles, rectangles - each from a separate color.

Step 3: Glue the shapes into rows on the paper plate to create a rainbow of shapes!

Discuss the different shapes, sort them by shape and color before gluing onto the paper plate. A fun and colorful way to work on shape recognition!

 

We combined two items you probably already have on hand - paper plates and cardboard - to create this fun rainbow craft! Perfect for an afternoon project or a rainy day. Everyday is a good day for a rainbow!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Cardboard, multiple textures
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissor
  • Glue
  • Water Color Paint or Crayons

Create it!

Step 1: Fold a paper plate in half and cut at the fold to create two half circles.

Step 2: Paint or color with crayons, a rainbow in the center of the paper plate.

Step 3: Paint cardboard multiple shades of blue. Allow to dry and once dry, cut into geometrical shapes.

Step 4: Glue the blue cardboard to the outside of the rainbow on the remaining portion of the paper plate for a collage sky.

Punch a hole in the top and add a string to hang on the wall for some bright and lovely artwork. We really enjoy the puzzle aspect of the collage, fitting each piece together with the others - such a fun project!

 

 

 

With school starting back up again, this activity is a fun one to make together and then practice reading and spelling color words! Read below for several ways to learn and play with this activity.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Colored Paper or Cardstock
  • Letter Tiles
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

 

Step 1: Start with a cardboard rectangle - whether it is the side of a box or create a perfect rectangle by tracing a sheet of paper.

Step 2: Cut paper or cardstock rectangles from each of the colors of the rainbow.

Step 3: Glue the colored rectangles to the cardboard rectangle.

Step 4:Have your child spell out each color with the letter tiles.

For some variations on this activity:

  • Mix the letters for each color up and ask your child to create the color word from the letter mix.
  • For younger learners, spell the words out together. Spread additional letter tiles  next to the activity board and ask them to find the matching letters. Have your child place those matching letters over the original tiles you spelled out together.
  • Spell the color words, leaving out the vowels. Ask you child to finish spelling each color word by adding the correct vowels.

So simple to make and lots of fun ways to practice reading and spelling!