It’s May and, already, the temperatures are creeping into the mid-80s. While we hope for a little June gloom, we know that sunny days are here to stay. Needless to say, in Southern California we have plenty of inspiration for sun-themed kids’ crafts. Here are a few to complete with your children this summer (or anytime you need a little sunshine in your life).
Stained Glass Suns
All you need for this craft is tissue paper, glue (or tape) and construction paper. First, cut out a sun in the middle of some black construction paper. Then, give kids some red, yellow and orange tissue paper. They can tape the tissue paper behind the sun. Some kids may choose one color or they can cut bits of red and orange to place on yellow. When the crafts are finished, you can tape them up to the window like stained glass.
For this craft, you need some washable, clear school glue and beads. Purchase various shades of yellow and orange seed beads. Then, trace a sun onto a stiff piece of paper. Kids can glue the beads onto the paper for a beautiful beaded sun.
Kids can cut out several suns from orange, yellow and red paper. The suns need to have rays for the petals. Next, they can cut out stems and leaves from green paper. Glue the “sun” flowers onto a piece of blue construction paper.
Before doing this craft, I showed my daughter some pictures of sunrises and sunsets. Give kids a piece of white, orange and black paper and chalk. For the sunrise, you can encourage kids to draw some mountains, ocean or other landscape scene on a white piece of paper. Next, draw a sun coming up from behind the horizon. For the sky, use various shades of chalk to create a morning sky. Blurring the colors together helps to create a sunrise effect. Next, turn the paper over for the sunset art. Using the black (purple or dark blue works too) paper, have the child cut out some hills, mountains or ocean. Then, cut out a round orange sun. Glue the black landscape design onto the white paper, partially covering the sun. Next, take the chalk and make a sunset sky. Finally, use a hole punch to create a hole. Hang up your child’s sunrise-sunset picture from the ceiling.
Have fun making these summer crafts for kids.
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