Fun Arts & Crafts: Suncatchers!April 16, 2014
- Glue, we used clear-drying Elmer’s School Glue. We tried both the white and clear versions. While the clear version produced a very nice looking sun catcher, it was flimsy and doesn’t last near as long as the thicker and more sturdy white glue.
- Food Coloring
- Container lids, we used lids from margarine containers and coffee cans.
Have your child drip drops of food coloring into the glue. Remember, less is more! Too much food coloring will end up with a blotched, brown mess! A drop here and there will be plenty, but kids usually seem to need to learn this on their own 😉
Allow your child to use a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the glue. Encourage imagination and creativity! Pretty spirals and grid patterns are great for building dexterity and learning to blend colors.
When the glue is completely dry, carefully pry up one edge from the container. Once you have one edge free, the rest will come off pretty easily. Then, you can punch or cut a hole in the top for hanging, or trim it into shapes like the heart shape above. You will probably want to trim the edge smooth with a pair of sharp scissors for your child, then invite them to help hang it. Enjoy!