Monday, July 06, 2015

Giant Shark Suncatcher Craft {Light & Reflections Series}

Contact paper crafts are so easy to do, but I particularly love using contact paper to make suncatchers because they let just the right amount of light through. We've made handprint suncatchers, traffic light suncatchers, and giant shamrock suncatchers. So inspired by this month's under the sea theme, we created a giant shark suncatcher craft. It's a perfect way to work on fine motor skills and because of its scale, it was meant to be a collaborative project for my boys. Three year old K, however, had other plans and barely participated.

Giant shark suncatcher craft for kids from And Next Comes L

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To make a giant shark suncatcher, we used:

  • Contact paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper, various colors cut into little squares (We like to reuse our tissue paper from birthday gifts, so I had no gray on hand. So we used a combination of light blue, white, and purple.)

On the non-sticky side of the contact paper, I drew the outline of a large shark. Then I taped the contact paper to a window. My boys love working on a vertical surface and I recently read that it's actually good to encourage kids to work on a vertical surface. Here's the shark before I peeled off the backing to reveal the sticky side of the contact paper. Great shark, isn't it?

Giant shark suncatcher craft for kids from And Next Comes L

You can either encourage your kids to rip the tissue paper into pieces or use scissors to cut the tissue paper into little squares. I went with option B as I was trying to avoid the mess that is usually associated with option A. Then let them decorate the shark.

Fine motor shark suncatcher craft for kids from And Next Comes L

Fine motor shark suncatcher craft for kids from And Next Comes L

You could seal the final craft with another piece of contact paper. I didn't, but I also didn't have another piece of contact paper that large kicking around. Regardless, I love how it turned out! Here's what it looks like from inside the house.

Giant shark suncatcher craft - perfect craft for an under the sea preschool unit from And Next Comes L

And here's how it looks from outside looking in. He's totally cute, right? And fun fact: his names is Rhymes. Upon completion, five year old J declared, "I will call you Rhymes. Rhymes the shark."

Giant shark suncatcher craft - perfect craft for an under the sea preschool unit from And Next Comes L

Here's some other fun under the sea ideas to try:

Fish Color Matching on the Light Table from Still Playing School
Under the Sea Small World on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows

Next month we'll be focusing on nursery rhymes. In the meantime, you can find all the previous posts in this series on the Light & Reflections Pinterest board.

Light & Reflections Series 2015 lineup at And Next Comes L

Giant shark suncatcher craft for kids from And Next Comes L
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8 comments:

  1. It turned out fierce! I love the different tissue paper!

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    1. Some of the tissue paper was actually a checkerboard pattern and it's my favorite part about it. :)

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  2. These are so cool! I want to make them asap!

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  3. I'm the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your awesome shark project! You can see it here:

    https://funfamilycrafts.com/giant-shark-suncatcher/

    If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we'd love for you to submit them. Thanks for a fantastic project idea!

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