Catch some rays with this easy sun catcher activity!
Kids will love ripping up the paper into tiny pieces and placing them on the sticky mactac. Young ones can easily grasp the concept of placing tissue onto the sticky paper and older kiddos can really focus on filling up the space on their mactac with tissue paper and planning out their masterpiece!
🎨Artist at work: Introduce new terms to your children if they’re old enough like “negative space” (meaning the “blank” space on the mactac). Blank space is good to have and the children can get really creative by having more or less blank space on their art, making it their own!
📆 Plan ahead! Planning out artwork is a hard skill to master. If your child is old enough, encourage them to visualize in their head and talk through how they want to decorate their suncatcher. Do they want it all one color? Multiple colors? Lots of blank space? No blank space? Practicing their planning skills with art will transfer over to other situations where planning is needed!
🧒🏽Little helpers: Younger children may have a hard time ripping tissue paper with their fingers. Help them out by pre-ripping the tissue paper and having them focus on the task of putting paper from the tissue paper pile onto their mactac.
For this activity you will need:
Black construction paper
Tissue paper (blue and white)
Mactac (or wax paper taped together)
Beginning to plan ahead
Start by ripping the tissue paper into small squares. No need to be perfect with the shape, just small 1 inch x 1 inch squares will do. Once you have several piles of white and blue tissue paper ripped, set it aside.
Next, trace the shape of a fluffy cloud on your black construction paper using a pencil crayon- white shows up easily on the black paper if you have one. Do the same process for a few raindrops.
Cut out the clouds and rain drops and then cut out the middle of each shape, leaving a 1 inch border for each shape.
Place your shapes on top of your mactac and cut off the excess mactac from your shapes, leaving a sticky area inside of each shape.
Have your child stick tissue paper to the inside of the shapes. Once they’re happy with their art, seal it up with mactac on top and hang it in front of a window!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Cutting out the shapes is a great way to practice scissor skills for older children who are able to use scissors on their own!
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Typically, clouds are white and the raindrops are blue, but if your kiddo feels like their cloud is a mix of blue and white, let them go for it! By letting them have full control over their artwork, this will really increase their independence!
Can we count how many pieces of blue tissue paper are in each raindrop?
Can you describe the texture of the tissue paper compared to the mactac?
What type of cloud does this look like? Would we see this on a rainy day?
How many raindrops do you think are in each cloud?
What would happen if we made a really thick layer of tissue paper in our raindrop, will the tissue paper still stick?