Sun Prints

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

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    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!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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