If you have children, winter typically involves creating lots and lots of crafts. Especially during the school break. Snowflake themed crafts are super versatile because they last the entire winter season. This simple snowflake suncatcher is a breeze to set up and a blast to create. Your kids will love watching the colors light up in your window.
In addition to decorating your home, this suncatcher craft also helps to develop fine motor skills. Fine motor skills involve movement of the fingers, such as grasping, pinching and writing. In this craft, these skills are addressed through the cutting motions and manipulation of the tissue paper and glue.
foam snowflakes (dollar tree)
plastic wrap or wax paper
white tissue paper
blue tissue paper
glue stick or school glue
Fold the snowflake in half. Cut out the center of the snowflake by following the perimeter. Leave about 1/4 inch along the sides to allow you ample room to place your tape.
Tape a square of plastic wrap or wax paper over the center cutout. Then, trim the excess. Depending on the skill level of your child, you may want to complete these first few steps. For children with limited motor skills, you can give them the snowflake with the center already cut and covered with plastic wrap/wax paper.
Next, have your kids tear the two colors of tissue paper into small to medium pieces. Dab glue onto the plastic wrap/wax paper. (If it is easier, you can also put the glue directly onto the tissue paper as you work)
There are two options for applying the tissue paper. The first is to lay it flat.
The second is to crumple the tissue paper first, Then, glue it down.
Continue adding tissue paper until the whole center is filled. Hang in your window and enjoy.