I found these amazing magnifying sheets at Dollar Tree a couple years ago, and I just can’t get enough of them. I snatch all of them up when ever I find them at Dollar Tree. My favorite thing to do with the sheets is make sun catchers with the kids. I started out painting the magnifying sheets with liquid watercolor and sprinkling them with glitter. This worked well, but I have found using glitter tempera paint works best. It is translucent and the glitter really stays put.
What you will need:
- magnifying sheets from Dollar Tree (They can be found other places, but not for $1.)
- Hole Puncher
- Tempera Glitter Paint & Paint Brush
- Pipe Cleaner
- Suction Cup Hooks (also sold in packs of 9 from Dollar Tree)
- black construction paper or card stock paper
Warning: When you pass out the magnifying sheets, you will get a lot of this. I’t is hilarious. Take lots of photos and allow the kids to look at themselves in a mirror. Priceless.
What to do:
- Pre-punch holes for hanging
- Marval in the hilariousness of magnified faces.
- Allow to dry
- cut out shark silhouettes (I drew ours and cut out, but depending on age, the child could do it.)
- Have the kids tape or glue them on.
- Hang in a window.
Yes folks, it is that easy. This activity creates a great opportunity to discuss magnification, light, and the sun and it’s marvelous rays.