Why not make use of the time we have to spend indoors(at home) by making this simple seasons wheel craft with the kids? Easy to make and it will definitely brighten up a spot on a wall, plus it is interactive for learning about seasons!
What you need:
- Plastic catering plate
- Primer and Paint
- Split Pin
What to do:
Lightly sand the plate, clean off dust and paint with a universal primer. Once the primer is dry, find the centre point of the plate and punch a small hole through. The easiest way is to heat a metal skewer over a candle and push it through the plastic. Punch another small hole at the centre top and centre bottom of the plate.
Mark off four equal sections, one for each season. Ask the kids what colour each season makes them think of and paint the background accordingly.
While the paint dries, find pictures for the different seasons. You can look through magazines, cut out the pictures, use the computer to find pictures and print them, use stickers or scrapbooking materials or draw your own.
We wanted to use trees to represent the seasons so I drew four different shaped branches on brown paper and had the kids cut it out. We glued this onto the plate and used different colours and shapes to create summer and autumn leaves. Then used a stencil to paint the snowman. We found some ready-cut flowers and letters in our scrapbooking materials and used that for the spring flowers and names of seasons. If you do not have ready-cut letters, you can print the names or write it using a marker pen.
To make your project last longer you can paint with a clear coat but it’s not necessary. Keep in mind, if you are going to use a clear coat that some printer inks and pens might smudge your creation.
Once the pictures are completed, make the hand. You can use a sturdy piece of cardboard or foam. Push the pin through the hand and plate, fastened at the back by opening the metal pieces. Thread a string through the top hole to hang your wheel.
If you enjoyed the project, you can go a step further and make a similar weather wheel. Use the same principle but instead of dividing the plate into four parts, divided into eight parts – Rainy, sunny, cloudy, stormy, snowy, windy, cold, foggy. Give it the heading ‘Today’s weather is” and make a weather wheel!