In the past, we have made suncatchers with parchment paper and mod podge glue and while very fun, also very messy.
These are neat and clean and perfect for my mom - who was here when we made them.
Start by unrolling some clear contact paper (on sale now with the school supplies, although I'm not really sure what kind of function this serves in school). Before you take the paper-backing off of the contact paper, use a sharpie and draw a picture on the non-sticky clear side.
We drew a sun, a rainbow and a cupcake. My seven year old was too cool to make one of these.
Next, gather some sheets of tissue paper and cut them up into small pieces.
Then carefully peel off the contact paper backing to reveal the sticky side.
Lay the contact paper, sticky side up, on your table.
The kids can then stick one piece of tissue paper at a time over the drawing that you made. This takes a while, which is kind of the point on a rainy day.
Once the kids are done with the tissue paper part of the project, cut more pieces of contact paper, take off the paper backing and use the sticky pieces to sandwich the tissue paper between both pieces of contact paper.
Now you can either punch a hole through the suncatcher and hang in a window or just tape them onto the window, which is way easier.
Now just wait for the sun to come out.