Painting Clouds on the Easel

BY ON Oct 27, 2015

Painting Clouds on an Easel - inspired by Little Cloud by Eric Carle.  letter C activity, cloud activities and easel activities

Painting on the easel provides an opportunity for children to be creative and incorporate art into theme based programs. Painting Clouds on the Easel was inspired by Little Cloud by Eric Carle and is a creative activity that has been incorporated with our learning about the letter C theme.


Activities that involve painting on an easel provides another opportunity and variation to painting experiences. It changes things up a bit and keeps children motivated and interested.


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What you will need?

Easel activities for preschoolers, kindergarten and early childhood educators

You will need an easel (optional), blue and white paint, paint brushes, large sheet of paper, and cotton wool balls. You will also need Little Cloud by Eric Carle. There is no need for glue as the cotton wool balls stick well to the wet paint.


Let’s Play

Cloud activities - Eric Carle - Little Cloud Story

To begin our activity we re-read the story Little cloud by Eric Carle and talked about the shapes of the clouds. We also went outside for some cloud spotting (real life connections) and to see if we could see any shapes in the clouds.

We talked about our favourite cloud picture in the story by Eric Carle and discussed what cloud shape we would be painting on the easel.


Let’s Paint

Painting a rabbit shaped cloud on the easel. Easel art inspired by Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Painting a rabbit shaped cloud with blue and white paint. Cotton wool balls were also added to the wet paint.

We also painted a cloud, mixing the white and blue paint to create darker and lighter shades of blue.


Let’s Learn

Painting cloud shapes, easel art activity inspired Little cloud by Eric Carle

Learning Opportunities

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Letter recognition
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Concentration
  • Phonemic awareness – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.
  • Problem Solving – overcoming challenges.
  • Reading – making connections with a text and real life experiences.


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