I am so excited about a new art project that I put out this week. It was in my head, but I didn't know how to set it up so the children could complete it independently. While it does require a little more teacher assistance than what I would like, I am pretty happy with how much of this the children can do on their own. And the finished sun-catchers are beautiful.
I realize now that I should have taken a few more photos to illustrate this. However, I'll try to explain thoroughly how I set it up and the steps of the project. Below you can see how I set up the materials on my stationary work table. From left: a basket of small pieces of "Valentine-colored" tissue paper, a basket with plain 6-inch squares of clear contact paper, a basket of 6-inch squares of clear contact paper with a heart drawn on them with a Sharpie marker, a little bucket with a pair of scissors, and an empty basket for garbage.
To start this project, a teacher peels off the backing of a plain contact paper square and tapes the corners down on the purple placemat, sticky-side up. Miss Carla discovered that if you peel the paper off two corners a little way and tape those corners down then the child can pull the rest of the paper backing off independently. This also prevents the corners from curling up............I tried to make the squares lie flat by placing them under heavy books over night but they still curl up. (The paper backing is placed in the garbage basket.) Once the contact paper is taped down the child covers it with the little tissue paper squares.
This photo shows a student placing the tissue paper onto the contact paper square. Once they have the square covered with tissue paper a teacher then takes one of the contact paper squares with a heart on it and places it on top, sandwiching the tissue paper in the middle. Again, we've found that it works best to start at the top corners, then have the child pull the backing off while the teacher smooths it down. (Again, the paper backing is placed in the garbage basket.) I didn't get a good photo of the next step, but now the child pulls the "sandwich" off the placemat and uses the scissors to cut out the heart shape, following the traced line. The cut-off part is then placed in the garbage basket and the child carries it to the trash can to throw away.
The final step is to punch a hole in the top and add a loop of yarn for hanging. Don't they look lovely?