While summer should be easygoing, keeping children busy can be a chore. When the heat of the sun drives children indoors with sighs of boredom, give them something to do that keeps them busy and teaches them about the power of the sun. Leaving construction paper in the sun fades the ink quickly. Use this knowledge to create simple shadow collages with everyday household objects. Send the children on a hunt for small, flat objects for each collage and then move onto sun visors to keep the rays out of their eyes.
Things You'll Need
- Construction paper
- Small objects
- Masking tape
- Paper plate
- Crayons or markers
- Hole punch
- Elastic band or ribbon
Lay the construction paper outside on a surface that receives full sun.
Lay small objects on the paper. Use items, such as bottle caps, paper cutouts, pressed dried flowers, pens or shaped erasers. Tape the paper pieces and any other light pieces down so they will not blow away.
Leave the paper in full sun for an hour.
Remove the objects, carefully peeling the tape from the paper. The outlines of the objects will be "printed' on the paper.
Cut the large piece of paper into sun shapes. Poke a hole through one edge, thread a piece of string through the hole and hang the new decoration in your child's room.
Cut a half-moon shape out of a paper plate.
Decorate the cutout plate with crayons and markers.
Punch a hole in each of the points of the moon.
Tie an elastic band or ribbon in each of the punched holes and tie the band on your child’s head.
Tips & Warnings
- Showing your child the power of the sun on paper is a good reminder to use sunscreen on their bodies.
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