Cd Suncatcher Ideas

Cd Suncatcher Ideas – Posted by Nicole Carney on March 16, 2014 in Picture Book Activities, Rainbow Activities, St. Patrick’s Day Patrick | 0 comments

The guys had recently experimented with shooting rain using old DVDs, so I thought it would be fun to repurpose old DVDs into a work of art. I started by introducing my bugs to Marcus Pfister’s picture book,  Rainbow Fish.

Cd Suncatcher Ideas

Rainbow Fish is a story about a beautiful fish with lovely, rainbow-colored scales. The other fishes were afraid of Rainbow fish’s beauty and used to ask him to play with them. Unfortunately, the Rainbow Fish’s beauty made him arrogant, and he believed that his shiny scales somehow made him better than other fish, so he ignored the other fish and swam past. One day a little fish asked the Rainbow Fish if he could have one of his lovely scales. The Rainbow Fish was shocked that the little fish would even think of asking such a ridiculous request, and told the little fish to go away. It didn’t take long for the other fish to hear about how the Rainbow Fish had treated the little fish and, as a result, they began to completely ignore the rainbow fish. The Rainbow Fish was confused as to why the other fish were ignoring her, so she went to see the Octopus to see if he could help her. The Octopus advised the Rainbow Fish to give the other fish one of its shiny scales. He told the Rainbow Fish that he would not be the prettiest fish in the sea, but he would be happy. The Rainbow Fish didn’t like this idea, but when he met the little fish again, he decided to give him one of his scales. The little fish was very happy, and seeing his happiness made the Rainbow Fish happy too. The Rainbow Fish began to share its scales with all the other fish, until it was left with only one shiny scale. He was no longer the prettiest fish in the sea, but he found true happiness in giving to those around him.

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This was an impromptu craft idea, so I didn’t have a copy of Pfister’s book, Rainbow Fish, at home to read to my bugs; instead, I found this video of the story being read by the late great actor, Ernest Borgnine:

The boys really liked this story, and asked to watch it a few more times before we started our craft.

I got this idea from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids. I used their fish template to trace the tail, lips, and fins on foam paper for our rainbow fish. My bugs chose the color they wanted for their wings and tail and I cut them off. I also gave each of them a big googly eye, a glue stick, and some bright, colorful stitches to stick on to make cute rainbow fish scales.

When they were finished, and the glue was dry, I used colored string and small suction cups to hang them on our window.

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I love the rain scenes you can see on DVDs when the sun shines just right! We have made many wind chimes and whirligigs over the years and often create them from used or found materials.

CDs and DVDs are great for crafting as well—they make particularly good solar collectors because of their shiny, reflective surfaces. They are also nice and light so they dance and move around in the breeze.

Kids of all ages will enjoy making these sun-drenched CDs. My toddlers and preschoolers love the coloring process and create beautiful, vibrant designs, while my teenager and I have created more defined patterns like stripes and rain on our CDs.

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I also like that this is a great team effort. One child can make a sun catcher alone of course, but if you have a group of children, they can decorate a CD or two to contribute to the project.

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1. Wash your CDs in hot, soapy water. This will remove any dust and residue that may interfere with the marker ink adhering properly. Dry well.

2. If you are working at your kitchen table or counter top, you will want to protect your work area with a plastic tablecloth or a thick layer of newspaper. Permanent markers are just that—permanent!

3. Ask the children to color both sides of their CDs, making sure the entire surface of each CD is covered.

4. When all the CDs are colored, it’s time to mount them! Gather a length of fishing line between each CD and tie the ends together tightly.

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5. You can now hang your solar CDs separately on tree branches, or you can join two branches together to make a “hanger” and attach all your CDs to it.

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