Thursday, February 9, 2012


It was a cold, snowy day yesterday. No going outside for us, for the first time in a long time!

So--we crafted!

The girls and I made suncatchers. They work even when it's cold and grey outside!

 I'd seen this idea. The suncatchers were made with baby oil. But, I needed an alternative for three reasons:
  1. We don't have any baby oil.
  2. I didn't want to buy baby oil.
  3. My girls still love to put things in their mouths. I don't want them eating a petroleum-based product.
So, before the girls woke up, I practiced our craft.

I decided to go with olive oil. Any oil will do--walnut, peanut, even coconut. I just had more olive oil than anything else.

Here's what you'll need:
  1. Q-Tips
  2. Oil (I recommend putting this in a heavy ramekin, so it doesn't tip over easily)
  3. Construction paper
  4. Scissors (I cut the construction paper into circles, after the girls chose the color they wanted. Older kids can cut out a shape).
  5. Essential oil (optional). I added a bit to the olive oil to make it smell nice. I don't think I'd do it again, because it didn't make that much of a difference. If you do decided to add some, and you have a little one that likes to put everything in their mouths, make sure you use an essential oil that's safe for putting in mouths (lemon, orange, lavender).
The girls dipped the Q-Tips into the oil, and drew on the construction paper.

Yes, she did put the oil-covered Q-Tip on her tongue!

The girls had a lot of fun! The best part is when Brynne looks up at the window, and says Whoa! Woah, whoa, whoooooooooooooa!! So far she's done it at least five times.
Linking this with Fun Frugal Mommy and H is For Homeschooling.


Corinne Ritz said...

I pinned this one too. I think we might try it today. Thanks for your comments and suggestions. That is helpful.

Jessica said...

Quick question...What did you use to hang the suncatchers on your window? We are doing this craft as I type...:)

Fun Frugal Mommy said...

Fun activity. My little one would enjoy it when she gets bigger. Thsnks for linking up to fun frugal friday.

Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said...

Thanks for linking up to WOTT, Julia! These do look awfully pretty! So frugal and a great sensory activity, too. I love that your daughter was so impressed with her work :) Whoa, indeed!