A cold, rainy and miserable day... we needed to brighten up the day with a fun & busy craft. Inspired by The Artful Parent, '3D Nature Suncatchers' , we decided to make our own version.For this activity we used the wonderful thick card from Paper Cutz - Perfect for this project as the card is very durable and can be used for endless projects using all sorts of media. Using a craft knife I prepped Leon's sun-catcher by carving out the middle section. I then added sticky tape on one side (in rows) for the flowers to stick to. The next step was quite eventful... as it was heavy rain outside I decided to run outside and grab some of the 'Forget me nots' (closest to the door of course) with some leaves from the lemon tree. I placed these in a plastic bowl for Leon so use later.
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First step - Prep the table! ~ Painting with a little one can be very messy so using a protective sheet on your table is vital! I placed two oil colours for Leon (I watch that he won't eat it!) and his paintbrushes along with the card and flowers.
Create! - Leon got stuck in! He loved using his paintbrushes and sponges to paint the border. Looking at the flowers and arranging them onto the suncatcher was a unique experience for him and I could tell this was brightening up our day. (This activity lasted over an hour!) Once Leon had finished I made sure everything was stuck together and waited for the paint to dry. Finally I sealed the sun-catcher with more tape - in rows. Ta-Da! A 'Nature Sun-catcher'. Place in front of a window or simply place on the shelf, a lovely craft for anyone on those 'rainy days'.