12 Days of Christmas – Activity 6: Mitten Sun Catcher

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12 Days of Christmas – Activity 6: Mitten Sun Catcher

Colour is all around us. But without light, we wouldn’t have colour.

Light is made up of energy waves grouped together in what’s called a spectrum. The wavelengths of light themselves are not coloured, but they produce the sensation of colour. White light, however, such as the light we see from the sun, is actually composed of many colours.

There are wavelengths that are both visible and invisible to the naked eye. If the visible portion of the light spectrum is divided into thirds, the predominant colours are red, green and blue. These three colours are known as primary colours.

Primary colors can be arranged in a circle, commonly refered to as a color wheel. Red, green and blue form a triangle on the color wheel. In between the primary colors are the secondary colors, cyan, magenta and yellow, which form another triangle.

This is a fun craft for kids that’s really simple to create. Hang this catcher in a window to capture the wintery colours of blue and white. It’s also a great way to help your children understand colour and light.

What you need:

  • Clear adhesive paper, such as Contact Paper
  • Light blue construction paper
  • Tissue paper: light blue, blue and lavender
  • Scissors
  • Silver ribbon
  • White craft glue

Instructions:

1. Draw a simple pattern for a mitten. Cut out two mittens from light blue construction paper. Cut the centers of both mittens out as well, be sure there is a border that remains all the way around the mitten.

2. Cut tissue paper into small squares, similar to confetti.

3. Carefully peel off the back from a section of the clear adhesive paper, only removing enough to cover one side of the mitten.

4. Place one of the mittens onto the clear adhesive paper, lining up the top of the mitten with the top of the clear adhesive paper.

5. Place small squares of tissue paper onto the clear adhesive paper in the center of the mitten. Mix up the colors so that you do not have one color all in one place.

6. Add a small dab of glue to the top and bottom of the mitten that is on the clear adhesive paper.

7. Cut a piece of silver ribbon for the hanger and fold in half. Place the two open ends of the ribbon at the top of the mitten in the dab of glue.

8. Take the other mitten half and carefully line it up with the mitten on the clear adhesive paper. Gently press down onto the glue.

9. Gently peel back the clear adhesive paper backing and then fold over the top of the mitten creation to seal both sides. Press down and smooth out.

10. Use scissors to trim around the outside of the mitten.

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