Do your kids have a lot of coloring books? Mine certainly do. We have so many that I decided to put them to use and make a Four Seasons Mobile. We all worked as a team to put this together and I love how it turned out!
Card stock or construction paper
Empty paper towel tube
For the first step of this project, the girls thumbed through their coloring books looking for pictures that would represent each of the four seasons. The pictures are big so we only looked for one per season. We also made sure we picked pictures that were easy to cut out. We found an elf (Hermey from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) for winter, a rabbit with a basket of flowers for spring, a sand castle for summer, and a basket of apples for fall. It wasn't at all difficult to find a picture for each season. If you don't have any coloring books, you can find what you need by doing a quick online search for coloring pages. The girls divided up the pictures and colored each one.
While the girls were coloring, I decided to help out and paint the paper towel tube. My help was not at all necessary, but I'm always looking for an excuse to paint something! We chose a light blue from our stash of paint. But, you can use whatever color you want for this step.
After the girls were done with their pictures, we cut then all out. We then glued the pictures onto card stock. We used colored card stock that went along with each season: blue for winter, light purple for spring, yellow for summer, and orange for fall. I chose card stock for the stiffness, but if you don't have card stock use construction paper instead.
After the glue dried, we cut around each picture again leaving a small border of the card stock.
Once our paper towel tube dried, we punched a hole in both ends. I tied one piece of string to both ends of the tube. I left the string long enough so that when you hold the string up, it forms a triangle with the paper towel tube. We then punched a hole in the top of each picture. I tied a string through the hole in the picture, then wrapped it around the tube. We hung all the pictures at different levels so you could see each one while it was hanging.
It's always so much fun to sit around the table with my girls and work on a project. We were all so proud of this one and the girls couldn't wait to show it off to Daddy once he got home.
What are you waiting for, dig out those old coloring books and turn them into a mobile!