Is everyone already running out of things to entertain their children? I know I am. Thank you to my beautiful friend, Elise, for inspiring us to try something new. This activity ticks a lot of boxes for me. It involves outside time, there is an educational aspect to it, and it chews up a lot of time in little bursts – which is perfect for little people with short attention spans.
Things you will need:
A jug of Water
Some little Tupperware containers, large icecube trays or a muffin/cupcake tray.
Little treasures (I’ll explain below)
How you do it:
The first activity is to collect things to put into your suncatcher. These are your little treasures. For Elise’s little girls, this meant searching through the garden for flower petals and leaves. If you have a little one who loves lego, perhaps a few lego men might work. Or some little plastic dinosaurs like these ones from Kmart. This can mean a treasure hunt through your house or garden if you like, particularly if you have beautiful autumn leaves where you are.
Set up you tray with your little Tupperware containers/icecube tray/muffin tray and let your little one add a couple of things to each container.
Cut a length of string for each container which is approximately 30-40cm long. Fold each length in half and place the folded end into the container, leaving the two ends hanging loose over the side of the container. You may want to weigh down the string with one of the things you have placed into your container.
Pour water into the container leaving a little room at the top so its easier to carry to the freezer without spilling.
The next morning hang your suncatchers outside in a tree, on a fence or balcony etc using the string .
Enjoy watching your creations melting throughout the morning.
The time it takes to melt will depend on how warm it is where you live, whether you’re able to place them in direct sunlight and how big you made the sun catchers.
Hot tip: You could add food colour, glitter etc to the water to make the suncatchers a little different - However, just be sure that you’re happy where the water will drip as it may stain tiles, concrete balconies etc.