STEAM Saturday – Sun Prints! (7/23/2022)

Are you and your child looking for some fun in the sun?  We’ve got a wonderful art/science project for you – Sunography (sun prints)!  You’ll make cool pieces of art while also learning how to replicate the photography process using sunlight.

This simple project can be done with construction paper (or sunography paper or fabric if you’re feeling fancy), a baking sheet or something hard, and items you can find around the house or outside, such as:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Plastic toys
  • Leaves
  • Bottle tops
  • Coins
  • and more… Use your imagination (and make sure whatever you use won’t melt)!

This experiment works best on a bright, sunny day with few clouds and little wind.  You want to make sure that your items don’t blow away, and that your prints come out really clear.  Place your items on your paper however you like and let them sit in the sun for a couple of hours.  When you check back, the color of the paper will have faded everywhere except underneath the items you placed on it!

For the full experiment and learn why the sunlight causes the construction paper to fade, visit Mombrite HERE.

As always, get as creative as you want, and above all, have lots of fun learning together!

We’ll see you right back here next Saturday for another STEAM Saturday activity!  Scroll through the rest of our website to learn how Critchlow Adkins is Building Brighter Futures for the children and families we serve!

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