Oil Sun Catcher Craft

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Good morning! Let’s make an eye-catching sun catcher brightens any window and makes a great science and art experiment. I spotted this fantastic experiment on Education.com.

MaterialsNeeded

  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Medium bowl
  • Marker or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Baby oil
  • Small plastic container
  • Cotton swabs or Q-tips

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Next

1.  After gathering all your materials, have your child use a marker to trace around the medium bowl on a sheet of construction paper to create a circle.  Have your child cut out the circle {boost those fine motor skills}.

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

2.  Next, pour a very small {super small} amount of baby oil into the plastic container. Lightly dip the cotton swab or Q-tip in the baby oil and draw lots of lines and scribbles on the construction paper circle. Watch as the oil changes the construction paper!  C loved this part!

UPDATE: I noticed over time the oil lines blended together, so use very little oil, better yet, use a Q-tip for thinner lines.

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

3.  When they’re done brushing on the oil, punch a hole through the paper and have your child string the catcher {shh, more fine-motor action}.

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Oil Sun Catcher Craft @ Crayon Box Chronicles

4.  Finally, hang the finished sun catcher in a window and watch at it glows in the sunlight.  Don’t try this part at home — C tried to nibble on it — silly boy!

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