One of my all time favorite playdate crafts is a tissue paper sun catcher. Aside from the tissue paper squares, it’s essentially a mess-free project which is great when you have several kids crafting away at your house. I’m pretty sure we make a version of these during every season, too, because they’re just that darn easy and cute. Last year, I hosted a huge playdate with our local MOMS Club and we made jack-o-lantern sun catchers so this year, the kids and I used the same method to make some fiendish friends.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Tissue Paper Sun Catcher Monsters
Objective: Utilize opaque black and transparent colored tissue paper to create monster faces
Skills Utilized: facial recognition, fine motor skills
Suggested Reading: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Materials: clear contact paper, black tissue paper or construction paper cut into eyes/mouths/etc., and colored tissue paper squares (green for Frankenstein’s Monster or a witch, white for a ghost or mummy, orange for a pumpkin, etc.)
Give each child a smallish rectangle of contact paper with the paper backing removed. They can touch it and explore it’s tackiness because they’re hands will easily come off whereas the paper will stick pretty much immediately. Jasper wanted to do a monster so he got a bowl of green tissue paper squares and Mila got the white to make a ghost.
First, our ghouls need a face! Let the children place the black eyes and mouth where they’d like on the contact paper. We also cut some hair for Frankie. I’m never concerned with the faces being applied perfectly because this is a child’s project… if they’re happy, you can be happy!
Once the black pieces are down, it’s time to start adding all of the tissue paper. This step requires little to no guidance. The main goal is for as much of the contact paper to be covered but let them decide when they’re done. I supervised closely only because I was worried Mila would try to eat the paper. Surprisingly, she did not! She really enjoyed mashing handfuls of tissue paper onto the ground… some of which actually got onto the contact paper haha!
Once your child is satisfied, you can place another piece of contact paper over the tissue (creating a sealed sandwich essentially) or you can leave it as is. Normally, I cover the reverse side with another piece but decided against it this time.
Then, cut out the monster and hang in a window with a little tape! You could also punch a hole and string a ribbon through but totally not necessary.
- Cut a pile of tissue paper squares for several creepy things (orange for a Jack-o-Lantern, green for Frankenstein’s Monster or Witch, white for a Mummy or Ghost, brown for a Werewolf or spider, and gray for tombstones or zombies) and have the kids sort the squares by color
- Create a story about the monsters you create
- Count how many squares of tissue paper you used