Get Outside & Connect Activity Week # 20 — Pick flowers and Make Suncatchers
Picking flowers and making suncatchers is a great activity to do with your kids in the spring or summer. It’s fun and super simple to do.
Learning bonus: It’s an outside activity, fine motor activity, sensory activity and botany unit all rolled into one day of fun!
- Fresh picked flowers.
- Clear Contact Paper
- Something to frame them with. [Small windows, paper plates, construction paper, etc.]
Pick and collect flowers
- If you do not have flowers growing in your yard ask a neighbor or two if you can pick a few of theirs.
- Add a botany lesson — depending on the age of your child talk about how flowers grow, photosynthesis, discuss the parts of a flower, etc.
As you can see in the photo’s above we have plenty of flowers growing in our yard. My 2.5 year old daughter loves picking flowers so much she has made friends with many people in our community asking to pick a few of their flowers on our daily walks. She knows we can’t pick them if there is no one to ask.
Since she is loving learning to use her scissors I allowed her to use them to cut each flower carefully off the plant making our flower picking a fine motor activity. Learning to use scissors is very important to later writing skills. Allow you kids to use theirs if you feel comfortable with that.
If you have to buy flowers at least make your suncatchers outdoors to get outside.
Cut Frames and Contact Paper
- Cut out holes in paper plates or construction paper to make frames in whatever shape you like.
- Cut two pieces of clear contact paper the same size for each suncatcher to fill your frames. Make sure your contact paper is larger than the size of the hole is the frame.
We have french doors so I cut our contact paper to the size each little window to make 4 suncatchers. I trimmed them a bit so there was space on each side to use white duct tape to stick them to the window. [See photos below.]
- Stick frame to one side of the contact paper sticky side up. We didn’t do this because we used window panes and white duct tape. [See below.]
- Stick flowers or petals to one side of the contact paper in any pattern you like. This is a great fine motor and sensory activity.
- Add a botany lesson by investigating and discussing the parts of a flower.
- When finished sticking flowers on the contact paper, place the second piece of contact paper sticky sides together to seal.
- Hang in window
Aren’t they gorgeous?! We will be making a few more soon to fill up more of the little windows in our french doors.
Below you will find ideas and suncatchers much more creative than ours… but we sure did have a great time making them 🙂
Links to Other Amazing Flower Suncatchers
- Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame by The Artful Parent
- Flower Petal Stained Glass Door | Artful Parent
- Homemade Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes by Hands on as we Grow
- Mandala Suncatchers by Twig and Toodstool
- The Perfect Flower Suncatcher Craft for Kids by Let’s Lasso the Moon via The Artful Parent
- Stained Glass Craft: Dried Flowers, Leaves & Crayon Shavings DIY Suncatcher Craft by Learn to Grow
Making flower suncatchers is a fun way to get outside with your kids, get creative and learn. It’s a fine motor activity, sensory activity and botany unit all rolled into one.
Feel free to use any of the ideas above or do your own thing. We hope you enjoy picking flowers and making suncatchers as much as we did.
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