Today’s Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by Frederick Eversley’s sculpture, Big Red Lens. Learn more about this sculpture, then create your own lens by making a suncatcher!
Step 1: Cut up small pieces of colored tissue paper and cellophane.
Step 2: Peel off one piece of contact paper and tape it to a table with the sticky side facing up.
Step 3: Add pieces of tissue paper or cellophane to the sheet. If you want a little extra sparkle, add a small amount of glitter! Optionally, use a ruler as a “paper weight” so the contact paper doesn’t stick to your hands while you are decorating.
Step 4: Peel another sheet of contact paper and place the sticky side down, covering your decorations.
Step 5: Take your suncatcher off the table and remove the tape. You can use your scissors to make your suncatcher into whatever shape you want. Then cut a small hole in the top and tie on a piece of yarn.
Step 6: Use the yarn to hang up your suncatcher in the window. What can you see through your suncatcher? How does making your own lens change how you see the winter season?
Want to learn more about color and shapes? Here are some books we recommend for further learning!
Written by Marie Hofer, museum educator, Crystal Bridges.
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