Autumn, Collage Play

Autumn Sun Catcher

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This is a fun way for your 2.5+ year old to practice gluing skills and design play, with a nice suncatcher as a result.

This would be a lovely craft for Martinmas, to celebrate and embrace our dwindling autumn light.


  • Autumn colored pre-cut tissue paper
  • Glue (we used a sponge in a bowl with watered down glue AND some watered down glue with a paintbrush)
  • Waxed paper taped to table
  • Construction paper to frame the sun catcher


  1. Set up the art play invitation.
  2. Model the possibilities of how to use the materials.
  3. Let your child explore.
  4. When your child is finished, you can cut and frame their creation with opaque paper, like construction paper, and hang it in a window to catch the sun. If your child has the skills and interest in doing this themselves, wonderful. If not, you can ask their permission to help frame the beautiful sun catcher.

Process Over Product

Art play for children is about the process, not the product. When your child is “done” their artwork may not look how you envisioned it would. Don’t interfere. Let their process be what it is.

Adult framed sun catchers (made with the little artist’s permission)
Four year old’s frame

I left these materials out for the entire day. My four year old artist came back to it several times.

I hope you are able to enjoy this sweet process with your little one soon to catch and celebrate our dwindling autumn light. Enjoy!

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