- Bucket or Bag to Collect the Nature Items
- Paper Plate
- Scissors to Cut the Plate
- Packing Tape or Contact Paper
Prepare the Plate for the Nature Sun Catcher
In order to make the sun catcher start by cutting out the middle of a paper plate. Green paper plates make a really nice look, but any paper plate you have at home will do. Then use 4 or 5 pieces of packing tape (I used packing tape at first since thats what I had around my house) or cut a piece of Contact Paper to size for the back side of the paper plate middle. (This part is best to prepare before the project if possible). Using the back side will help prevent it from sticking to the table. Leave the plate inside.
Explore the Outdoors and Begin Collecting Nature Items
Next, go outside and start collecting leaves and flowers in a bucket. When your child begins collecting, he’ll notice all the different shapes, sizes, and colors that will make his Nature Sun Catcher stand out. Ask your child, What do you notice about the leaf you picked? or How is that leaf different from the yellow one? Make this outdoor experience a Brain Building Moment.
Once your satisfied with your collection bring the items inside and stick your nature findings on the tape in the middle of the paper plate. Then, use more packing tape or another piece of Contact Paper to place over the plant parts. Press down firmly to try to get out as much air as possible to help it last longer.
When you’re ready to hang your Sun Catcher you can use a piece of packing tape for the top and bottom to attach it to the window. Hang your Nature Sun Catcher in a window where you and your child can admire it.
We’ve made this craft many times as the process is just as exciting as the product! What a great way to interact with and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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