Doing crafts is always a fun way to connect with children. Crafting, building, drawing and painting brings out their creative side while they learn to explore and challenge their inner artist. Drawing a circle or a cloud helps develop their fine motor skills. Something as simple as waiting for paint to dry teaches them patience and self-regulation. And there’s nothing like a completed project to give your child a nice self-esteem boost!
To celebrate National Children’s Craft Day, which is March 14th this year, and St. Patrick’s Day, try making this Wind Blower with your kids. I used a tin can (a bigger one that has tomatoes inside) to make my Wind Blower but you can also use a toilet paper or paper towel roll if you’re afraid of little fingers getting cut on the can.
-Acrylic Paint- Colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, and light blue (get this great 18 pack on Amazon)
-Cup of water
-Tin can, paper towel, or toilet paper roll
-Green crepe paper/streamer
-Hot glue gun
-Fishing Line-15” piece
-Gold glitter (optional)
Wind Blower Directions
1. Remove the top and bottom of your tin can. If you’re doing this craft with a small child, you can use a paper towel roll cut in half or a toilet paper roll.
2. Prepare your paint. Drop a small amount of paint onto a paper plate. The colors of the rainbow are listed in order above. You won’t need very much of these colors unless you’re making multiple wind blowers. You’ll need more of the light blue and white, expect at least 2 coats of these colors.
3. Cut 9 strips of green streamer, each about 10” long. If you’re using a cardboard roll, cut 4 strips about 8” long.
4. Cut a 15” piece of fishing line and set aside.
5. Paint your rainbow and clouds.
6. Paint on the first coat of light blue around the rainbow. Set aside and let it dry before adding additional coats.
7. Glue green streamers on the inside of the tin can or cardboard roll (at the bottom). Arrange each piece side by side.
8. Glue the fishing line to the inside of the tin can or cardboard roll (at the top). Allow about 3” on each side to be glued down, this will give it extra support when hanging.
9. Use your paint brush and a bit of white paint to apply gold glitter to the ends of the rainbow (optional).
Once your Wind Blower is dry, hang it up inside or outside, somewhere you and your children can enjoy it.
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How did your wind blower turn out? Take pictures and share in the comments below. #fuaptwindblower
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