I love doing crafts like this! Not only is this craft a great way to spend quality time with your kids, but it’s educational as well. This Autumn sun catcher craft is the perfect mix of arts and crafts and science.
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Autumn Sun Catcher Craft Tips
There are lots of ways you can make this activity educational. Here are just a few tips for incorporating education into this activity:
- Talk about leaves changing colors: Since this craft is making leaf sun catchers, you can talk about why leaves change colors in the fall.
- Learn about why plastic melts: Not only can you talk about how plastic melts down, but you can also use this as a way to talk about recycling and the environment.
- What other items can you use to make sun catchers? Do a science experiment to decide what items make the best sun catchers.
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Autumn Sun catcher Craft Supplies
- Plastic pony beads
- Metal cookie or clay cutters
- Baking pan
- Aluminum foil
- Drill fitted with ⅛ inch drill bit
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How to Make an Autumn Sun catcher Craft
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line baking pan with aluminum foil to protect the pan and make it easier for the ornaments to release from the pan.
Place cookie cutters on aluminum foil in baking pan. Fill each ornament with a single layer of beads. Use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to arrange the beads.
Carefully put the baking sheet in the oven and melt the beads. The time can vary based on the type of bead. Begin checking at 5 minutes. (My ornaments took 15 minutes to melt.) The ornaments are ready when the beads are melted and the hole in each bead has disappeared.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely prior to removing from the cookie cutters. To remove the ornaments, gently pull the sides of the cookie cutter away from the ornament.
If desired, use the drill to create a small hole in each ornament for hanging.
Hang in your window and Enjoy!
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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.