Pinterest in Real Life - Coffee Filter Sun Catchers

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

We're on vacation and I purposely only packed one bag of toys, so I've had to be more creative than usual to set up activities for the kids.They tend to play longer with toys if they have fewer choices and I wanted to see how they would manage with the limited selection for a longer period of time.  I also felt up to the challenge of using more recycling and everyday items. Once we got here, I got construction paper, white glue, paper plates and glue sticks. I've also been saving boxes and paper bags from shopping for crafts.

One of the first crafts we did was make coffee filter sun catchers. I was inspired by this project from The Untrained Housewife. The place we’re staying already has coffee filters so this was easy to do. We used markers to make patterns then we sprinkled the filters with water.

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My son likes to sort of do his own thing for projects.  This time he chose to be minimalist.  It's simple in design - he said it was sunglasses.

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We let them dry and then cut out the middle of paper plates. We then taped the filters to the plates and used pipe cleaners to hang them up. My daughter described her finished sun catcher as having a horse peek out of it. We hung them up on our window.

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Stay tuned for more pictures and descriptions of how we play while traveling over the next few weeks!

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