Suncatchers are always a hit and they are so easy to make. The kids made nature sun catchers in the minivan on our road trip to Canada. They turned out super cute, and brightened our windows for a short period. Love it!
This craft did not take much organization before hand. All you will need to pack in the car is contact paper, tape and a pair of scissors. We were able to pick the flowers out of a friends garden where we spent the night. Thanks Vince and Erin! I placed them in a bag until we were ready to use them.
The girls were really excited about making their windows pretty. I cut a sheet of contact paper and peeled the backing off and used masking tape to stick it to the window. The kids arranged the flowers on the sticky paper pressing gently. Once they made their design I gave them another sheet of contact paper slightly larger then the first one. Sandwich the flowers between the two layers of contact paper and press firmly. Since the last piece of contact paper was slightly larger, the kids were able to stick them right onto their window (we removed the masking tape since it was no longer needed).
The kids loved this project. Normally you would press and dry the flowers before you begin, but we were on the road and no time for that. So we used fresh picked flowers. They were beautiful for a few days, but as they sat in the sun the kids started noticing moisture inside the contact paper layers. This brought about a quick lesson in how nature decomposes. This was a great project for the car. Totally mess free (well minus a few stray flower petals) and so easy for the kids to do.
If you are looking for more road trip ideas, follow the link to a fun list of things we like to do.