Creating Summer Sun Catchers

A DIY Science + Art STEM Activity

Download the PDF version of “Creating Summer Sun Catchers” to print.

Who: You and an adult.

What: Creating Summer Sun Catchers

When and Where: Anytime with adult supervision.


  • Colored tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • Liquid starch or watered down glue (use a whisk to mix 1 part water with)
  • Hole punch
  • String or yarn

The Activity:

  • Have your kiddos tear or cut (with child scissors) the tissue paper into small pieces or geometric shapes.
  • Cut a piece of wax paper into any shape you would like for your sun catcher. Ideas are endless but circles, squares, triangles, flowers, heart, sun, or even kite shapes are popular choices.
  • Tape down the wax paper to a “craft ready” surface (i.e. a craft table or garage floor covered in newspapers… something that is ok to get messy and sticky).
  • Brush the liquid glue mixture over the wax paper.
  • Gently place the tissue pieces over your wax shape to fully cover it.
  • Brush more liquid glue over the tissue and layer if you wish.
  • Let it dry.

 A Sensational Summer Sun Catcher!!

To hang your finished sun catcher, punch a hole in near the edge and use colorful string or yarn to tie it to a window, a fence, a tree…anywhere you wish to enjoy the beauty of nature’s sunlight to shine through the mosaic of colors.

Learning Through Play:

Children use fine motor skills to tear and glue the tissue paper. They learn math concepts when sorting geometric shapes as they artistically arrange their tissue pieces to create a handmade masterpiece inspired by nature.


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