To start our sun celebration for the Summer Solstice, I decided to introduce Bodhi to sunprinting. Since it involves walking in nature, science and art, I think it’s the perfect children’s activity and a beautiful way to honor our sun . We went out for a nature walk this morning to collect some things for our sunprints. I told Bodhi to see if he could find some interesting shapes and he loved observing the various shapes of leaves. When we got home, I put the paper on cardboard, let him arrange the flowers, leaves, etc. and then we covered it with the acrylic sheet. It laid in the sun for 5 minutes while we watched it change colors. Then we removed the items to reveal our sun made masterpiece. For Bodhi, it feels like sun magic but in a couple years I’d love to use this to teach about the nature of sunlight and how light sensitive chemicals work. For now, he’s pretty content just knowing that the sun helped make the art.
The sunprint paper we used (affiliate link):