Today I decided to make squish sun catchers for Everly to play with. I have seen the idea floating around Pinterest a lot recently, so I wanted to give it a try. Once Everly’s afternoon nap came around, I took the opportunity to put this together for her to check out when she woke up. If you have an older little one they could definitely help in the preparation work.
What you need: baggies (I went with name brand for fear of cheaper ones breaking), hair gel (again, found the cheapest option, either Walmart or the dollar store), some nail polish remover, food colouring, packing tape, scissors, and things to add inside.
I started off by removing the white writing and label from the outside of the baggie. All you need is a little bit of nail polish remover and it comes right off.
Add about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of hair gel to the inside of the baggy, and also add some drops of food colouring. Then squish it all around the bag til the colour mixes in. If you let some of the air out and close the baggy you can give it to your little one to squish around and mix the colour into the hair gel. A youngster could probably even squish the hair gel in under supervision to make sure it makes it into the baggy.
I went with a fall theme. I cut out a jack-o-lantern face from black foam and put it inside the orange baggy, along with some silver and orange glitter. The other baggy I cut out the foam in the shapes of leaves and added purple glitter. Really, the ideas for what to put inside is pretty endless so long as it won’t poke a hole in the bag. I taped up all sides of the bag with packing tap to reinforce the edges.
Now find some sun if you want it to be like a sun catcher, or stained glass window effect. I taped the baggies onto the window of our french door at a level Everly could easily get to.
She loved getting to squish around the contents of the bag, and played at the window for awhile. It was a great way to spend some time. I will definitely be making this again, probably with other holiday and season themes in mind.