We made contact paper suncatchers with the toddler art group yesterday. They are wonderfully free-form, with the tissue paper extending off the edge of the contact paper in all directions. I love them!
First we got the toddlers involved in tearing the tissue paper into smaller pieces.
Then we put them each in front of a sheet of contact paper on the window and let them stick on pieces of the torn tissue paper.
Here's Joe, carefully adding a piece of tissue paper to his suncatcher. Or is he taking it off?
Daphne added whole handfuls of colorful tissue paper to hers. When each child seemed finished, we helped them place another sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper and pat it down.
Contact paper suncatchers are truly one of our favorite art activities and I've posted about them many times, in many variations. Here are a few:
- Suncatchers and a Tea Party (with the first toddler art group)
- Easter egg suncatchers
- Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired stained glass
- String and yarn suncatchers
And here's the post-art activity feeding frenzy. I don't usually show you much of what happens the art group besides the art. The art itself is a fairly small chunk of the time -- most of it's play for the kids, catch up and talk for the parents, and snack. The eating is generally done by the kiddos, but this time Rachel brought beautiful cupcakes as a surprise to celebrate my birthday (tomorrow!). I wish I got a good picture. They were lemon raspberry with pink frosting and real pansies. Yum!