Happy First Day of Summer! We’re doing a few simple activities this week to celebrate the Summer Solstice. The girls made neat mixed media sunshines yesterday – gluing, painting, salt-sprinkling, and cutting fun! Here’s a look at the process:
Make a mixed media sunshine:
- Glue assorted items to a chipboard or cardboard circle (something sturdy!) – buttons, felt shapes, wood pieces, textured paper, beads, foam stickers, etc.
- Let dry completely – we used a little sun power and they dried in no time!
- For the rays, paint a piece of watercolor paper with yellow and orange watercolors. While wet, sprinkle with salt. Let dry, then shake and brush off the salt.
- When your circle is dry, paint over the entire thing with yellow acrylic craft paint. We did two coats, with some drying time in between. Some of the darker things weren’t perfectly covered, but good enough for us!
- Design and cut-out your rays. Attach them to the back of your dry yellow-painted circle (we used glue dots).
- Hang and enjoy!
We’ve also had our sunny songs playlist on constant repeat:
- Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
- Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
- Sunny Old Sun – Dan Zanes
- I’m Just Like the Sun – Laurie Berkner
- Dance in the Sun – Milkshake
- Say Hello to the Sun – Cathy Heller
- Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
- On the Sunny Side of the Street – Steve Tyrell
- You Are My Sunshine – Elizabeth Mitchell
We’ve been sipping fresh lemonade and nibbling on sun cookies. My girls think it is a major treat to have candy corn outside of Halloween!
I would love to do a giant sun weaving project with the girls – you should definitely head over to Twig and Toadstool and check it out! I can’t seem to find much yarn or fabric around the house in yellows or oranges, so maybe we’ll need a trip to the craft store to check out the clearance rack.
Tonight, we’ll sit outside and watch the sunset. Here’s to a beautiful, fun-filled summer!
Are you doing anything special to kick-off summer this week?