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Whether you’re watching the circus in person, or simply enjoying a circus theme in your home preschool (or classroom!), popcorn is a must!
It’s such a fun snack and if your kids are anything like mine, they love listening to it pop in the microwave :)
But the fun doesn’t have to end at snack time! Oh no! You can create your very own popcorn craft that is perfect for a fun-filled, circus themed day and you’ll end up having just as much fun!
Add in a little fine motor skills practice for your preschooler and what could be better than that?!
This is such a fun craft to make, takes maybe 5 minutes to set up, and is a fantastic workout for those small motor muscles!
To make your own, you’ll need:
- Construction paper (we used blue but you can use whatever color you like as this is just a background for your popcorn)
- Cotton balls
- Popcorn Bucket printable (see below)
- Yellow food coloring
- Small glass of water
- Pipette or eye dropper
Before you and your child get started, print and cut out the popcorn bucket.
Have them glue the bucket onto your construction paper and smooth it out. We really like using opportunities like this to work on getting just the right amount of glue and spreading it out rather than having one large pool of glue in the middle of our project :)
Once your popcorn bucket is ready to go, have your child add their “popcorn” by gluing cotton balls onto their page. Right now, my 3 year old is really into pyramids (thank you Mickey Mouse lol) so we tried to make sure that our popcorn resembled the shape of a pyramid but you could easily use this as an opportunity to talk about different shapes! How would you like your popcorn to look? Pyramid, semi circle, more triangle shaped? The sky is the limit :)
Once your popcorn is all glued down, add a few drops of yellow food coloring to a small glass of water and give it a good stir. This will give your popcorn a nice “buttery” look!
Finally, give them a pipette (or an eye dropper if you’d rather use that) and let them have at it!
Using pipettes is always one of Nicholas’ favorite activities and I love that he’s getting some good fine motor practice in.
When they’re all done just let it dry for a little while and you’ll have yourselves a popcorn project that looks good enough to eat!