No matter what the time of year thunder and lightning are always possible and this easy thundercloud craft for kids is a fun way to recreate the weather outside.
With it’s simple splat painting technique it’s easy enough for toddler and preschoolers to get involved in making some weather art but it’s a great activity for older kids too (squishing that paint is so relaxing!)
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Easy Thundercloud Weather Craft
This is a really easy weather craft that can be done by different age groups depending on how much help they need.
Preschoolers and young kids will be able to squish the paint around to make the thundercloud themselves while older kids will be able to practice their scissor skills cutting out those bolts of lightning.
I also love that this painting technique means that it’s almost mess free. Well, almost anyway – some days my kids seem to get messy no matter how mess-free I think something will be but at least they (theoretically) aren’t going to be dipping their hands in the paint!
If you’re looking at weather crafts and activities with your child we’ve also got loads of simple ideas you can try out, plus if you like this craft don’t forget to bookmark or pin it so you can return to it later.
Easy Weather Crafts For Kids
- We’ve got lots of ideas for rain crafts for kids that you can make using our free template.
- This paper plate umbrella is easy to make and perfect for even young kids to decorate.
- This cloud classification craft from Gift of Curiosity is a great way for kids to learn about the subject in a fun way.
- Paint or colour our free rainbow template.
Thundercloud Craft for Kids
- Coloured paper
- Yellow paper
- Paint Grey or silver
- Take a sheet of coloured paper and fold it in half width-ways.
- Open the paper up and on one half squeeze your paint. If you do this near to the fold this can help ensure that you get one cloud shape at the end rather than two.
- Fold the paper closed again and then using your hands rub over the closed paper to spread the paint inside around. Open the paper up to see your cloud shape, you can always add a little more paint or squeeze it around a little more if you need to but try not to squeeze the paint over the edges if possible.
- While the paint is drying cut lightning shapes out of yellow paper. Younger children will need a grown up to do this for them while older children can do it themselves.
- Glue the lightning shapes onto your cloud and your thundercloud craft is finished and ready to display once it's all dry.