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If you’ve ever lived in Florida, you know what summer is like–it’s dripping hot and punctuated with daily thunderstorms.
For most of the day we like to stay cool in the pool but at the first sign of lightning, the kids are ushered inside.
I love that swimming is a great way for the kids to have fun and exercise. When Pea’s Juvenile Arthritis was bad, her doctor recommended as much time in the pool as possible to reduce the stress on her joints. So of course, she reminds me all the time that she’s “supposed to swim because her doctor said so.” It’s her favorite way of protesting when I tell the kids to dry off.
But when it storms, they come inside.
Luckily, the weather rarely stays bad. The storms are fast and furious. They rip through the area then vanish in a few minutes!
They normally come through in the afternoon just in time for our late summer lunch. (We tend to eat dinner late in the summer so lunch is late too.)
The inside break is perfect for doing quick crafts and eating an easy meal.
Making suncatchers is one of our favorite crafts.
Check out this easy Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Inspired Suncatcher Craft!
Clear Plastic Plates
Black Paint Pen
Glass paint or suncatcher paint kit (you can find these at the dollar store!)
Place the coloring page under the clear plastic paint. Trace the image onto the plate with the paint pen. This creates a “raised” outline that makes painting much easier for the kids.
When we did this craft for Earth Day, I did all the tracing.
However, my son is now old enough to do it and does a better job than I do!
Once the desired image is traced, let dry. Ours only took an hour to dry.
**Timesaving Tip: Sit down and begin tracing a bunch of different pages in one sitting. It should only take about 15 minutes. That way when the kids are in extra need of distraction on another day, you already have them outlined and ready to paint!
Give the kids a plate each and let them paint it in.
Suncatcher projects are so fun because the paint dries better the thicker it is. If you’ve ever painted with kids, you know they are naturally heavy handed with it!
Let it dry.
Place it on the window!
Our round suncatchers look like port holes. The kids pretended that they were looking out of a submarine into the ocean.
While crafting the kids snacked on these fun Goldfish® Special Edition! Cheddar Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Crackers. They come in special edition colors!
After the painting session, we heated up some Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup featuring Disney Pixar Finding Dory for an easy lunch. The kids love “themes.”
Luckily, Target had a snazzy end cap with the soup and Goldfish crackers in one place.
After lunch, our sun catchers were dry and ready to go on the windows!
Making your own sun catcher is easier than it looks and fun!