Making a craft or coloring a picture for someone is a lovely way to show that you care. As a mom, I love when my child makes something special just for me. Over the years, I have enjoyed all of the pictures and craft projects that children from my library’s preschool storytime group have made me. Here is a cute craft project that your little one can make for someone special in their life. Whether it is a Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a craft to give just because, this “You Are My Sunshine” craft is a great one to make!
- piece of paper (or print the template)
- glue stick
- yellow and orange tissue paper
If your tissue paper is not already in small squares, cut your tissue into 1″ x 1″ squares. Here’s a link to some pre-cut tissue paper on Amazon.
Squish your tissue paper into small balls. (For a simpler version of this craft, leave the tissue in squares and glue the squares along the glue arches.) This was a lot of squishing and I helped my son make a lot of them.
First we need our sun circle. Draw a circle on a piece of paper, or print off my template that has the circle and the words, “You Are My Sunshine!” Glue yellow tissue squares all over your circle. It’s ok if they extend past the circle outline a little — we covered this up by making gluing a bunch of balled-up tissue paper around the circle.
Once your have decorated the circle and its outline, it is time to make the sun’s rays. We alternated between orange and yellow tissue paper. If your child is getting tired of squishing the tissue, make less rays. You can always add more later after a break. This project reminded me of the book, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. The yellow and the orange crayons argue over which one is the true color of the sun! I couldn’t stop thinking about that as we made this craft 🙂 My son says yellow is the true color of the son.
Let your” You Are My Sunshine” craft dry before giving it to someone special! Glue from glue sticks dries pretty quickly, so you shouldn’t have to wait long.
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