Monday, March 28, 2011

Boredom Buster

For some reason on Saturday we found ourselves not really bored, but feeling like there was nothing constructive to do. Selena was running around with no apparent one thing that she was focusing. She just ran from room to room, pick up this toy, play on her computer for about 5 seconds, then off to another room as if she just couldn’t figure out what she wanted to do. The skies were pretty dark, so going outside was very questionable. I have seen so many making sun catchers with clear contact paper and tissue paper, so I decided this would be something that would at least get Selena to sit down for a little bit.

I cut two round circles out of the contact paper, and cut up some different colored tissue paper. I figured with as fast as Selena was moving around she would just dump the bowl out on the contact paper, but she surprised me by gently taking one piece at a time, so this project kept her attention for a long time.

100_4591 100_4592 I even dumped some of the pieces out of the bowl onto the table thinking Selena would get the idea she didn’t have to just take one at a time, but no she preferred to be so precise on where she put them. When she decided she was finally done, I put the second piece of contact paper over the top as if to laminate her work, and we hung it in the window.

100_4594 As you can see with our dark skies, it didn’t look like much, but it wasn’t long before we looked up to discover this.

100_4595 That’s right the sun popped out for a little bit before it decided to start raining. Selena was so disappointed though, as she truly thought that a sun catcher would catch the sun and make a beautiful rainbow. Next time we do this I will make sure that we have the colors to make a rainbow, then maybe she will enjoy it a little bit more.

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  1. You'll have to watch Polyanna with her - where they hang the prisms in the window, to make rainbows :)

  2. I think it's a great project to keep children occupied. We had nice two hours of art on Saturday morning - definitely a record here :)

  3. We make a lot of sun catchers because my kids love them. I think it's cute that she thought it would actually catch the sun.

  4. I think it turned out beautiful even if Selena wasn't as excited with how it looked.

    I need to do those more often.