This suncatcher windchimes tutorial was sponsored on behalf of CLIF Kid via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
We are huge nature lovers. We try to get outside every day and enjoy the sunshine. I love this time of year because the girls can play outside all day long. Since we do have cold winters, we really try to spend plenty of time in the summer sun.
One of our favorite things to do is go for walks and enjoy nature. We do live in a National Forest after all! The girls love finding things in nature they can use for craft projects. They saw a suncatcher wind chimes tutorial a while back and have been asking for quite some time when we could do it.
Since we're in the final month of summer break, I've been trying to plan fun things for the girls to do at home. Crafts are their absolute favorite thing, so I surprised them with a nature walk last week to collect the items they'd need to make the pretty nature suncatcher wind chimes they wanted to make.
We set out on a walk with buckets and smiles. Going on nature walks really allows you to appreciate the little things in nature. They had to stop and examine every tiny flower they spotted. Nothing like taking time to smell the roses 🙂
Since we also had some flowers at home in the kitchen, they wanted to incorporate those into their suncatcher wind chimes project too. So we gathered our suncatcher wind chimes supplies and set up on the front porch to make our pretty nature craft. I love finding fun, outdoor activities we can do together. If you're looking for a fun nature craft for your kids, give this one a try!
Kids Nature Craft: Pretty Suncatcher Wind Chimes
- Flowers, leaves and other goodies from your nature hunt
- Tissue paper squares (optional)
- Clear contact paper
- Mason jar lid rings
- Hemp cord or other sturdy twine
- An old hanger
- Decide how many rings you want on your suncatcher wind chimes, then trace the outside of the mason jar rings onto the contact paper (the clear side, not the backing).
- Remove the backing from the contact paper and place it onto a table with the sticky side facing up. You may need to tape it down.
- Have your kids press the items they found on their nature hunt into the circles.
- We also had some tissue paper squares the girls wanted to incorporate into their suncatcher wind chimes.
- When they are done pressing items onto the contact paper, place a second piece of contact paper over the top of the first to seal everything inside. Be sure to get as many of the air bubbles out as possible by pressing them flat.
- Next, cut the circles out inside the traced line so they'll fit inside the mason jar rings. Depending upon your child's age, you may need to help them with this step.
- Poke a hole into each of the nature rounds, and push a piece of string through the hole and through the mason jar ring. Tie a knot on the mason jar ring. This will ensure your pretty nature rounds don't fly away.
- Tie the other end of the string onto the old hanger.
- Continue this process until all of your nature rounds have been used on your suncatcher wind chimes.
- Hang your pretty nature inspired suncatcher wind chimes on your porch or wherever they can be admired.
While the girls were crafting away on their suncatcher wind chimes, they needed a great snack! Since CLIF Kid has a commitment to playing outside every day, we decided to snack on some of their bars. The girls loved the CLIF Kid Zbar Protein chocolate mint flavor!
CLIF Kid snacks are crafted to nourish active kids so they can play, and my girls are definitely active outdoors. The girls like the variety of snacks they offer, including the Zbar, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein, Zfruit and Zfruit + veggie. I like that their products have no high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial flavors.
If you want to encourage your kids to enjoy the outdoors more, check out the CLIF Kid's “Come Out to Play” microsite. This online hub can give you some ideas on how to create outdoor experiences your kids will want to get outside and do. The CLIF Kid Play Hub offers tips and tools for parents and communities to encourage play for kids of all ages. No matter where you live, you can explore the outdoors, whether that be in your backyard, your local park or even city sidewalks.