SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern

Students use watercolour paints and crayons along with leaves, flowers and sticks to create a colourful sun catcher.



Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2


Art Techniques
Language Arts
Visual Arts


crayon resist flower nature pattern plants seasons trees


Paper Plate Ribbon Transparent Contact Paper Hole Punch Leaves Flowers Sticks Water Dish Watercolour Paints Crayons Scissors Paint Brush Ribbon

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SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step One

Step One

Go for a nature walk and gather sticks, flowers and leaves.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Two

Step Two

Cut a circle out of the inner part of the paper plate. 

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Three

Step Three

Use crayons to create a pattern on both slides of the paper plate.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Four

Step Four

Use watercolour paints to paint over the crayon pattern on the paper plate. This technique is called crayon resist. Do both sides of the plate.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Five

Step Five

Cut out 2 circles of transparent contact paper. Use the circle you cut out of the paper plate as a template. Make the transparent contact paper circles about 2.5 cm (1 inch) bigger than the paper plate circle cutout.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Six

Step Six

Stick one of the transparent circles over the hole in the paper plate. Make sure that the contact paper only sticks to the plate. Then turn the plate over.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Seven

Step Seven

Use the materials you collected on your nature walk to create a picture or design on the transparent contact paper. The pieces will stick right away. 

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Eight

Step Eight

Place the other transparent circle over the picture you created, sticky side down. Rub the surface gently to stick the two pieces of contact paper together.

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Nine

Step Nine

Punch a hole at the top of the plate. Pull a ribbon through the hole and tie the ends of the ribbon together with a knot. 

SUN CATCHER CREATIONS – Shape, Texture and Pattern - Step Ten

Step Ten

Hang your suncatcher in the window!

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Work independently and self-regulate;
  2. Share their ideas with peers;
  3. Create personal responses to the centre materials; and
  4. Explore texture, shapes and patterns.


  1. Science Centre – Provide samples of flowers, trees, plants, and grasses. Include a checklist for comparison that provides a spot for such things as: 
    - colour (light or dark)
    - texture (soft or rough)
    - smell (yes or no)
  2. Nature Walk – Go on a nature walk during each season. Discuss how nature changes for each season. Prepare a class chart outlining what was observed during each season. Compare observations for each of the seasons.
  3. Tree Friends – In September go on a nature walk. Have each student pick a tree to become their tree friend. Over the course of the year go on regular nature walks so students may record their observations and draw their trees in a journal provided for this use. 


  1. Gather all the materials needed for this activity.
  2. Plan and prepare ideas given under Extensions.
  3. Gather books from the library on flowers, plants, trees, nature and seasons.
  4. Display pictures and posters of trees, plants, and trees.


  1. Read books about plants, flowers and trees during your read aloud, for example,
    50 Wild Flowers to Spot, By Usborne Nature Trail
    Trees for all Seasons, By Robin Bernard
    Trees, Leaves and Bark, By Robin Bernard
  2. Take students on a nature walk and observe plants, flowers and trees. Talk about the differences between wild flowers and plants and what we plant in our gardens at home. Back in the class record on a chart paper the season and your observations. 
  3. During your nature walk have students collect flowers, plants, leaves and sticks. As a class share and talk about the items they collected.
  4. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Identify different plants, trees, and flowers.
  2. Explain the difference between wild flowers, plants and trees and things we plant in our gardens.
  3. Gather a variety of plants, flowers and sticks.
  4. Create a sun catcher using natural objects.
  5. Create a pattern using crayon resist technique.

The Process

  1. Explain to students that they will be using the natural materials they collected on their nature walk to create a design or picture on their sun catcher.
  2. Review what a pattern is and ask volunteers to demonstrate clapping a pattern, and drawing a pattern.
  3. Ensure that all materials are readily available.
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  5. Observe students as they work.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Place students in groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to share their sun catchers with each other. Ask students to share the following:
    Why did you create what you created on your sun catcher?
    - What are the names of the plants and flowers you used?
    - Why did you create the pattern you created?
  2. Display all the sun catchers in the classroom.


  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - SUN_CATCHER_self-assessment.pdf)