Earth Day Suncatcher
- Picture of Earth
- Clear contact paper*
- Playdough (blue and green)**
- Rolling pin
*If you don't have clear contact paper you can use wax paper. It will stick to the playdough. However, your suncatcher won't be as transparent and I imagine once the playdough dries a bit the paper won't stick to it.
**If you don't have playdough, make some. A good child-friendly no-cook recipe is to mix 1 cup flour with 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup water. Mix until doughy then add food colouring and knead until smooth. You only need about 1/10th of this for this craft so you can make a smaller batch if you prefer.
- Show your child the picture of the earth. Discuss its shape (spherical or round). Show them how the majority of the Earth is blue because it is covered in water. Talk about how the green land (continents)is surrounded by water.
- Double over your contact paper. Trace a plate or other round object or freehand cut a circle. You will need two circles for each child.
- Pinch off small pieces of playdough. Explain that we will use more blue than green because there is more water than land on the earth.
- Peel the paper off of one contact paper circle.
- Have your child place small amounts of playdough sticky side of the circle. They don't need to cover the entire surface as it will squish out. Remind them to make islands or continents of green surrounded by blue.
- Have your child squish the playdough with the heel of their hand.
- Peel the paper off of the other contact paper circle and lay (sticky side down) over the playdough.
- Press down and smooth out.
- Roll over with the rolling pin. Excess playdough will seep out the edges. Once it's perfectly flat, trim the edges.