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Wednesday

Catching the Fall Sunshine!!

In a recent post, the Artful Parent, shared her idea for making beautiful fall suncatchers.   I loved the idea of walking around and collecting fall leaves to make these beauties with my littles.  Unfortunately, in our region of the country we don't get to many autumn colors and falling leaves.  Our leaves pretty much turn from green to brown and are extra crispy not at all translucent. 
This is how I adapted the idea to work for us.

Here is what you need:

  • Paper Plates
  • Contact Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue (I went with glue squirted into a bowl for this one rather than a glue stick)

Step 1: Get Sticky
I cut a circle out of a paper plate.  The I placed clear contact paper on underside of the plate.

Step 2: Paint with Fall Colors
I gave the littles the paper plates along with some brushes and a paint palate full of fall colors: Deep Organge, Yellow, Brown and Red.  Once they were done painting I hung them up to dry. 


Step 3: Add Leaves
After the paintings dried I sealed the plate painting with another piece of contact paper and plate.  Then I gave the kids some pre-cut construction paper leaves, dried leaves, and other found objects we collected from outside. The little one's loved sticking the paper and objects on their suncatchers.  The only things that really stayed on were the construction paper leaves...but the process was still fun and the result is lovely!!

N.B. Be sure you let the paint dry before sealing it in the other layer of contact paper.  If the paint is not dry it most likely never will.  We love to seal paints into contact paper for a fun sensory/color play activity.  Check out our Mini Masterpiece: Window Leaves Project to see how we do it.

The Wasting Nothing Philosophy

Playing, cooking, reading, exploring, loving, laughing, and making a mess with your little one is NEVER a waste of time! It is priority one! It's not just about getting to know your little one. It's about letting your little one get to know you!