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Sun Prints

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Art

Topic:

Flowers/Trees/Nature/Earth

Content:

Science

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

Dark-colored construction paper
Collection of classroom objects, such as scissors, crayons, blocks
Sunlight



Instructions:

1. As the children are seated for circle time, discuss the collection of objects in relation to their
shapes.
2. Ask each child to select a few items and place them on a dark-colored piece of construction
paper.
3. Encourage the children to predict what will happen to the construction paper when it is
placed in the direct sunlight.
4. Put these papers with the objects on them in direct sunlight. This can be done indoors by a
window in the direct sun, or outdoors.
5. After a few minutes, the children can remove the objects to discover what happened to the
paper.
6. Discuss why the shapes of the objects remain on the paper even though the objects have
been removed (the sunlight faded the paper). Compare the results to the children’s predictions.
More to do
More art: Without the children, prepare different prints and have the children guess what
objects were used to make those prints.
More science: Do this activity during different seasons of the year and discover why it takes
longer for the print to appear in winter than in summer.


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