Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

To celebrate the long, sunny days of summer, try a craft that captures the strong rays of the sun! This project also lets kids tear paper into lots of little pieces -- an activity that will appeal to young "mess makers."

What you'll need:

  • Package of tissue paper in assorted colors
  • Clear contact paper
  • Hole punch

What you'll do:

Let the kids tear various colors of tissue paper into tiny pieces. They can use scissors or tear the edges by hand -- whatever artistic look they prefer. Place the tissue paper bits in a bowl.

Cut two identical lengths of clear contact paper -- the size should be determined by your child's age and attention span. Very young children may be able to complete a 6-x-6" square before wandering away. Older children who love creative projects may enjoy something as large as a 24-x-18" rectangle.

Remove the protective paper from one sheet of the contact paper and lay it flat on the table in front of your budding Louis Tiffany. The bits of tissue paper, when placed on the sticky surface, will form the "colored glass" -- either a planned drawing or abstract design.

When Tiffany Junior is done, an adult with a steady hand will "sandwich" the artwork by covering it with the second sheet of contact paper.

Another option: Trim the sealed artwork into a shape such as a flower, butterfly or arched church window.

Punch holes at the top, add a yarn or ribbon hanger and loop the colorful suncatcher over the window lock in a sunny window. (It can also be taped to a window.) It should last several months before the colors fade. But then you'll have a great excuse to do this fun project again!

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