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One of the first process art activities I ever introduced to Sicily was a sun catcher. These invitations to create are simple to set up, can fit into any theme, and provide a wide variety of skill practice.

The first one I did with Sicily was during our Hearts Toddler Theme, our very first Tot School experience. I just set out a basket of red, white, and pink tissue paper torn into little pieces. Then I cut two pieces of contact paper into a heart.

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For our first experience, I showed her how to place the tissue paper on the sticky contact paper. She had fun exploring the stickiness of the contact paper. She would put a piece of tissue paper on and try to pull it off.

Once finished, I place the second heart piece on top. Then I use clear tape to hang it on our glass door.

I love how versatile sun catchers are. You can use them in almost any theme. I have used them to teach colors and shapes. And they are simple to set up too!

orange-sun-catcherSun catchers are great extensions to books too! After reading Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Elhert during out Fall Toddler Theme, I set out an invitation to create a leaf sun catcher. I used fall color tissue paper.

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Sun catchers are great for working on creativity, color recognition, and pincher grasp. It’s a great way to explore the concept of sticky.

They are a process art activity that can grow with your child and become more challenging. When I first introduce sun catchers, I already have the tissue paper torn. As the child’s fine motor skills increase, you can introduce larger pieces of tissue paper to encourage them to tear the paper themselves.

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Happy Creating!

 

 

 

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