Sun Activities for Kids

Sun Portraits

Calling all Picassos! See what happens when you use the sun to draw a sun portrait. Learn how to do this creative sun activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Rocks
  • Friend
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Leaves, sticks, seeds
  • Glue

Sun's up! On a sunny morning, place a large piece of paper on the ground and put some rocks on the corners of it to keep it from blowing away. Stand next to the paper so your shadow falls on it. Then have your friend trace the outline of your shadow onto the page. You can do the same for your friend.

Now you're ready to get a little creative with your shadowy self. Using paint or markers, color your shadow or make crazy designs inside of it. If you like, make a collage inside your shadow using leaves, seeds, sticks, or whatever else you find around the yard.

Come back to your creation later in the day and trace another shadow next to the one you traced earlier. Since the sun is in a different place in the sky, your shadow will have a whole new look.

Don't want to get burned by the sun while you're doing projects like this one? Test out suntan lotions using the directions on the next page.

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