Sun Prints

Sun Prints

Experiment with the sun and create beautiful art with this sun print activity.

3 - 9
Est. Time:
2+ hours

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. construction paper
  2. objects
  1. Go on a hunt around the house for objects that have shapes you'd like to use on your sun prints. We gathered legos, toys, leaves, and cookie cutters.

  2. Find a sunny spot and arrange your objects on the construction paper. If the objects aren't heavy enough to weigh the paper down, use rocks to keep the paper in place. Leave them outside soaking in the sun for several hours.

  3. This turned into a bit of a science experiment for us. Would the legos look different if some of them were arranged on the paper upside down? It turned out that they all looked the same.

  4. Would a bowl with holes in it let enough light through to make a difference in the pattern?

  5. We love how vivid the shapes are on this color of paper.

  6. I put a leaf on one side of a piece of green construction paper. I had to use a rock to hold the leaf and paper down.

  7. Several hours later it was a cute card to send to someone special.

  8. Even cookie cutters left a neat outline that can be used as a card or decorated as a craft. We had so much fun experimenting and creating with the sun!