Toddler Craft: Sun Catcher

Here in Kansas City we were able to enjoy the suns warmth for a few days, but back to the clouds we are. As we anxiously await Spring, here is a super simple toddler craft that you could make all year round. Most of the items needed for the craft are everyday items that you probably already have in your house.

I whipped this together last minute when my niece and nephew spent the afternoon with us. Luckily, I already had all these items, but they are easy to find if you don’t have them on hand. I linked everything below from Target.

Here’s what you need…

First, you’ll want to cut the center of the paper plate out. Cut from the inside out. You should have a big ring when you are done, this will be the border of your sun catcher.

Now, this is the first time that I’ve used contact paper for arts and crafts so I was excited to see how this worked out. The center of the sun catcher will be the contact paper. I used the grid lines and cut a square big enough to cover the inside of the border.

If your littles need something to do while you are getting this ready then go ahead and let them start decorating the border. We used our Ooly Chunkies Paint Sticks. While the kiddos are decorating you can start tearing the tissue paper into nickel sized pieces.

After the kids have decorated the borders to their hearts content, then they can start working on the inside! Go ahead and set the border aside. Peel the backing off the contact paper and face it sticky side up on the table. Tape the corners down with your tape to keep the paper in one place.

Now, you are ready to add your tissue paper to your contact paper. You can turn on your glue gun now as well. After trying multiple times to do “collage” projects with London the contact paper was a dream because London didn’t need my help to glue things down. She was able to work independently which was a fun change for both of us! I encouraged the kids to fill the contact paper until it wasn’t sticky anymore, but that’s up to you.

Once the center of the sun catcher is complete you are ready to glue the contact paper to the paper plate border. Turn your border decorated side down and apply the hot glue around the interior circle of the border. Then place your contact paper onto the paper plate border tissue paper side UP.

The final touch is to add your string so you can hang that beauty up. I used my single hole punch to add two holes in the border and threaded the string that way. Really, you can do whatever you like and is easiest for you!

Voila! You have your very own, one-of-a-kind Sun Catcher! There are so many variations and different ways you could execute this simple craft. The world is your oyster!

As I was prepping this for the kids while they napped I realized there are many steps to this project that your kiddo could do as well. The grid on the contact paper would be great practice using scissors. You could also have them help tear the tissue paper, use the hole punch, thread the string, etc. This could easily become a project that require little supervision, besides the glue gun of course!

Happy Creating,


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