An absolutely ridiculous thing about having kids is that when you finally do get a minute of peace your brain may be too fried to think of anything fun to do with your offspring. This is why I love Pinterest. Last month my daughter and I finally got to make sun catchers. What is a sun catcher? Only a life saver if you happen to have a toddler and an infant. Particularly in winter when playground time is sparse, the local museum is closed for renovation, and you share a car with your husband.
They are easy enough even for young toddlers and if they are motivated (we were lacking a bit there) the project can be completed fairly independently. We chose to make several small ones in honor of Grandma Plummie’s birthday and one large one for a friend who was coming over for dinner.
You just need clear contact paper, some colored construction paper, colored tissue paper (at least 4 colors), tape and scissors. Simply cut a shape border out of the construction paper (such as a triangle, heart, or rectangle), peel off the back of the contact paper cut large enough to fill the frame you’ve just made, and tape the whole thing to a window, sticky side facing away from the window. Rip the tissue paper into small bits and put them in a bowl for your child. Let them stick the pieces onto the frame until it is full. Voila. A sun catcher to keep in the window to imitate stained glass.
A great thing about this project is that you can revisit it fairly often. That’s my plan anyway, at least until spring comes and we can get back outside.