This cloud craft is inspired by Eric Carle. Little Cloud is one of my children’s favorite books and so I thought, let’s make clouds! Kids of all ages will love this fun, but simple, Eric Carle inspired cloud craft. Toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarten kids in particular will benefit from this cloud craft. The best part is, you can do this cloud craft at home or in the classroom.

Little Cloud Art Painting Eric Carle- child painting white clouds with white paint and cotton balls on blue paper- kids activities blog
Let’s make our own little clouds!

Eric Carle Inspired Cloud Craft

It’s the perfect time of year for this fun Eric Carle inspired cloud craft! This cloud craft is not only fun, a little messy, but great fine motor skills practice as well.

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Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Little Cloud by Eric Carle cover of the board book for children with blue and purple sky and a white cloud
Let’s Make Art Based on our Favorite Books!

This fun cloud art I made with my son was so simple  and easy. It was inspired by the book Little Cloud by one of our favorite authors, Eric Carle.  It’s about all the different shapes we can see when we look at clouds and use our imaginations.

Instead of using the usual paint brush, we opted for painting with cotton balls!  It was the perfect tool for creating this fun cloud-like texture.

Supplies You’ll Need For THis Fun Cloud Art

Instructions for Kids Cloud Craft

little could art project- Cloud craft step 1-3- cut out template, dab white paint, pour more white paint- kids activities blog
This cloud craft is so easy to do.

Step 1

I printed out a quick cloud art template and cut each of the three clouds out.

Step 2

I taped it onto blue paper (for the sky) and let my son gently dip his cotton ball into white paint.  

Step 3

Then, he dabbed the cotton balls all over the open blue space under the template.

Step 4

When he felt his artwork was complete, we took the top sheet off and admired his white fluffy clouds!

Download and Print Your Free Cloud Template PDF File Here

If you’d like to use our easy cloud template you can download it by clicking here.  You could also use a cloud shaped cookie cutter or just free-hand draw it!

More Of Our Favorite Eric Carle Books

Love this Little Cloud craft? So do we, it’s my kids favorite Eric Carle books. But there are so many other great Eric Carle books too that you can use for craft inspiration like:

Cloud Craft Inspired By Eric Carle

Little Cloud Art Painting Eric Carle

Let's make little clouds like the Eric Carle book "Little Cloud". It's a cute story and this craft goes perfectly with it.


  • Blue Paper
  • White Paint
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cloud Template (click here to download and print)


  1. Print out the cloud template and cut out the three clouds.
  2. Tape the cloud template to the blue construction paper.
  3. Gently dip the cotton balls into the white paint.
  4. Dab the cotton balls over the cloud template and onto the blue paper.

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How did your Eric Carle inspired cloud craft turn out?

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