Kids DIY | Summer Sun Art

by , posted on July 23rd, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY, Science Fun

Looking for an interesting way to display your child’s treasures found while beach combing or a summer hike? Have them try this super simple sun art project that combines outdoor recreation, science and doodling.

You’ll need:
light sensitive paper – you can find it at most craft stores
collection of shells, leaves, twigs or flowers
white marker or paint pen
a sunny day

Step 1
Take your collection of shells, leaves, rocks, flowers or whatever you happened to find and arrange them around the border of your light sensitive paper. Do this out of direct sunlight!

Step 2
Take your paper outside or near a sunny window. Hang out and watch the paper turn white. It should take a minute or two depending on how bright it is. We did ours at noon and the paper changed color super fast.

Step 3
Remove your collection and rinse the paper for about a minute. Optional: Add a couple drops of lemon juice to the rinse water to kick the color up a bit.

Step 4
After rinsing lay the paper on a kitchen or paper towel to dry.

Step 5
Once your paper is dry, doodle away! Add a character, self portrait or whatever you want. It’s up to you. Grab a couple pieces of colorful tape and hang. Now you have yourself some swanky sun art!

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7 Responses to “Kids DIY | Summer Sun Art”

  1. Carla Says:

    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a cool idea, I love how it turned out!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Carla! We had fun with this one for sure.

  2. Caroline Says:

    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    LOVE!! Mr. Crab is awesome!! Very cool!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Caroline!

  3. Sandra Says:

    July 24th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Funnily enough, our sun sensitive paper arrived in the mail today. As soon as it’s sunny again here in the PNW, we are doing this craft!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I had the package of paper sitting around since E’s birthday in October. I bought it for her photography party but it was so crazy windy, we couldn’t use it—everything would have blown right off the page.

    If I had the power, I’d send some of our sun (and heat) your way!

  4. Kamar Alam Says:

    October 9th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Today’s post had such wonderful resources! I was so excited by your choices! I’m an art educator and really appreciate your blog! Today I’m going to make the magazine flowers with buttons and pipe cleaners with my students! The Fotoplay book looks like a really fun creativity springboard! This summer I am teaching a one day a week program, and I was planning on having the kids make cardboard forts. Seeing your link will be a big help and an inspiration! I also do lots of fiber arts and printmaking with students so the Todd Oldham books look like great resources too! Thanks so much!

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