Suncatcher

Lesson #10063
10063

Make creative suncatchers and decorate the classroom or home.



Mix vivid colors to create fun sun catchers for fun summer crafting. Teach concepts of light and how it passes through different materials.

Decorative suncatchers are clever craft projects that can be incorporated into a science lesson about light and how it travels through some objects.

20588-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Sun (Basic Beginnings) - Large

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Acetate Sheet; Beads, Glue, Pliers, Ribbon, Scissors, Tissue Paper, Wire (Craft)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Adhere glue to two sheets of clear acetate.
  2. Cut various colors of tissue paper into small squares. Place the squares onto one adhesive sheet of acetate, overlapping the squares.
  3. Place the other adhesive sheet of acetate on the tissue paper squares, sealing the paper between the two sheets of acetate.
  4. Die-cut LG Basic Beginning Sun.
  5. Punch a hole in the top and the bottom of the Sun using Fiskars 1/16" Hand Punch.
  6. Loop a 6" length of craft wire through the bottom hole, wrapping the wire around itself at the end attached to the Sun. Use small pliers to close and tighten the end.
  7. Slip various sizes and colors of beads onto the wire. Wrap the wire around itself and close and tighten with the pliers (Figure A).
  8. Loop a 4" length of craft wire through the top hole, wrapping the wire around itself at the end attached to the Sun. Use small pliers to close and tighten the end.
  9. Slip a bead onto the wire. Wind the wire to form a loop. Wrap the wire around itself and close and tighten with the pliers (see Figure B).
  10. Cut an 8" length of coordinating ribbon and attach to the loop on top for hanging (see Main Photo).
  11. Your sun catcher will glow with many colors as it hangs in a window (see Main Image).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

K-4 Standard 5: Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others

  • Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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