Bring on some sunshine in preschool

We are just starting to see some spring weather coming our way and boy do we need it! To make a little spring of our own, the children made these fun little sunshines to display in their classrooms.

All you need are large coffee filters, food color, bowl, and some water to get you started…

The children took turns dipping a coffee filter in water with yellow food color added…

This approach to coloring their coffee filter was a little different then we had tried in the past…

Once the coffee filter was completely immersed in the colored water then they took it out to see their bright yellow sunshines…

Sometimes the coffee filter would get all folded up from the water but the children were able to spread them back out easily…

Then they set the yellow suns out on newspaper to let dry overnight….

On Day Two…

The children used scissors to cut little snips all the way around the edges of their yellow sunshines…

And added a smiley face…

Now we have some happy sunshines to bring a little spring into our classrooms!

I am linking this post to No Time for Flashcards!

By |2011-03-20T09:42:02+00:00March 20th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Abby @ They Lend Me Their Hearts March 20, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Very cute and springy! I’m curious how you’ve done it in the past? I’d like to do that tomorrow with the kids without the overnight drying!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2011 at 10:15 am - Reply

      In the past, we have used droppers to add the color but it still took a little drying time. I can’t remember if it took over night or not. I suppose you could draw on face first with crayons and cut the edges – then dye the sunshines last:)

  2. shar March 20, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Oh these are so happy. Definitely sunshiny! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2011 at 10:41 am - Reply

      We need all the sunshiny we can get:)

      • shar March 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        Gosh, we could help you here with that. Only a few scattered showers this year here in Dubai. I miss the rain.

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        I would love some of your Dubai weather – send it my way!

  3. Michelle March 20, 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    So cute! Thanks for sharing… I think my girls and I are going to make some of these sweet sunshines this week! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2011 at 10:41 am - Reply


  4. Leslie Sausage March 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Love the sunshine (and the fine motor skills)!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you Leslie! Yes, just keeping the coffee filters laying flat does require some motor skills as well as the cutting and drawing:)

  5. Tammy March 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Cute idea. For a more tie die look you could use spray bottles and spray the color on. Good for rainbows too. Just use a few different spray bottles with different colors. Just a suggestion. Another idea is dipping different corners in different bowls of colors to get a rainbow/tie die effect.

  6. Kelly March 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    These look great! I like that they get to practice cutting skills as well. We’ll have to try this one soon.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Definitely great for a little cutting practice!

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