The seasons are about to click over and the summer solstice is around the corner – although every other week for a month and a half it’s felt like summer in the UK. To celebrate summer we’re looking at the sun and decided to decorate our window with a sun-catcher to complement our ladybird that we made the other week.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

Summer Sun Catcher for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

This is such a simple and easy summer craft for your little ones to make and relatively mess-free especially with some sticky-back plastic or contact paper. So why not get creative for the Summer Solstice and make a pretty summer sun catcher for your window.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

Check out our summer books for toddlers and preschoolers to read alongside this fun and simple craft for kids.

Materials needed for Sun Sun-catcher

Yellow and Orange Tissue Paper
Yellow and orange card stock
White Glue

Rule
Pencil
Two different size bowls to draw around

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How to make the Sun Sun-catcher

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

You could use the same method we did to make our ladybug sun-catcher to make this but we've run out of contact paper so this was a quick and easy and as effective alternative method for kids although a little messier.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

On a piece of yellow card stock draw around the largest of the bowls and then inside draw around the smaller bowl - draw this combination of an orange piece of card stock as well. On the yellow card stock with a ruler draw the rays of the sun as small triangles and then inside then draw a smaller triangle.

On the Yellow card stock cut out inside all of the sun shape following the lines of the triangles - on the orange card stock cut to make a ring. Instead of tearing the tissue paper this time T practised some cutting skills cutting strips of tissue paper to "colour" in the sun.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

With everything set up she started by gluing all around the sun burst shape.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

Once that was fully glued she placed the ring in the centre and glued around that as well.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

Then it was time to lay across the stripes of tissue paper across the sun.

Celebrate Summer by creating a sun shaped sun catcher - perfect for Summer Solstice

Leave to dry and then once dry cut off the excess tissue paper and affix to a window with a small piece of sticky tape doubled over or some double sided tape. It's great placed where the sun will catch it and produce a sun in the room where you can celebrate summer inside with the patterns it makes on the floor and walls.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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100 Quick & Easy Ideas for Summer Fun!

FREE Printable list of ideas for when the kids say “I’m Bored!”

flat lay of the free printable summer bucket list with cute summer fruit puppets on a blue background

PLUS easy, fun activities and ideas straight to your inbox.