Apr 09, 2022
A perfect outdoor arts and craft activity for your toddler, preschooler or kindergartener is a nature suncatcher. This is a great craft for any season, easy to do and each time you make a suncatcher unique.
I first love to go on a hike with my toddler. On the hike I let my toddler/preschooler pick out leaves, flowers or anything from nature that he finds interesting. Then, once at home, we can use those items to make a unique nature suncatcher to remember our hike by.
Another great nature craft to do after a hike is to make a Sundial from rocks.
How to Build a Nature Suncatcher with a Toddler
Go on a nature hike to collect items for your suncatcher. You can plan on a nice long hike out with your toddler or even just a walk around your local area/backyard. As long as you can collect a handful of different nature items.
Nice to collect items that have different colors. For instance different colored flowers and even green grasses.
If you are going for a longer hike you might want to look into hiking carriers for toddlers.
Gather four colored popsicle sticks.
If you have non colored popsicle sticks, this works too or you can first paint the popsicle sticks colors. My toddlers love painting so I’m always happy to find another thing to paint.
Use the 4 popsicle sticks to lay out a frame. Hot glue the corners of the frame together.
Warning: Hot glue guns are hot, watch your toddlers closely or glue outside their reach for their safety.
Measure how large a piece of Press’N Seal you will need to cover the frame. Cut the Press’N Seal out. Lay flat the Press’N Seal on the popsicle frame making a square.
Use the nature items collected and place them on the Press’N Seal paper inside the popsicle frame.
Cut a piece of rope or twine to act as your hanger. Hot glue the ends and attach to top corners of popsicle sticks of your suncatcher.
Using the hot glue gun add glue to the back of your popsicle frame. Lay flat another piece of Press’N Seal paper enclosing your design and Waila!
Look around in your yard and find the perfect spot to hang your suncatcher!
For more fun ideas to do with your toddlers outside check out the below:
Happy Exploring and Adventuring!