Easy project idea- sun catchers!
Want a project idea that is easy to pull out of the cupboard and have ready in just a couple minutes? These sun catcher supplies are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand for a rainy day when you are wishing for some sunshine!
Some tips to get started
Sun catchers are made from plastic with shallow lipped segmented areas to hold the paint color. They make a great learn to paint project for young kids but there are more complicated designs for the older ones as well. Pick up a variety of designs for the kids to choose from and all will be excited to get started.
I taught them about cleaning their brushes between paint colors and got such a kick out of hearing the little ones repeat my words. They said, “Swish, swish, swish, tap, tap, tap,” as they swished their brushes in the water to get out the color, then tapped them on the edge of the water container before choosing the next color of paint.
Use plenty of paint on the sun catchers. The paint kind of puddles in the segmented areas and takes quite a while to dry but this makes nice vivid color later.
Make sure that one of the sun catchers is painted for you to hang in the window over your sink.
It’s sure to bring you a smile!
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- Plastic sun catchers
- Sun catcher paint
- Paint brushes
- Paint shirt or apron
- Table cover (newspaper for example)
- Container with water (for cleaning brushes)
- Suction cup hooks (to hang sun catchers on glass windows)
- Put down a table covering to prevent paint from getting on table surface.
- Put a paint shirt or apron on the little artist.
- Set out sun catchers, paints, brushes and a container of water for brush cleaning.
- Let the kids choose their sun catcher then teach them how to clean their brush between paint colors. Swish the paint brush in the water until the paint color is gone then tap against the side of the container to remove excess water.
- Use paint to add color to all of the sun catcher segmented areas.
- When dry, use the suction cup hangers to hang the sun catchers up in the window and let the sunshine in!