Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Painting with Sunscreen

Lucas' current favorite PBS show is Sid the Science Kid.  On one episode, Sid is frustrated because he doesn't like having to put on sunscreen before playing outside.  His preschool (or kindergarten?) teacher does a project with his class that illustrates what the sun can do.

I thought it was pretty cool, so Lucas and I gave it a try!

We got...
  • your normal, everyday SPF 50
  • some colored construction paper
  • a small piece of foil (wax paper or a cup works, too)
  • and some toddler fingers :)

Lucas and I started painting away! (Sunscreen doesn't paint very well, but the thought of getting messy with something new was exciting to him :)

Put the paper outside for the afternoon (maybe 3-4 hours, at least?).  Cover the corners with rocks so the papers don't blow away!

Show Toddler what happened!  The sun bleaches the color everywhere but where the sunscreen (and the rocks) were!


Pretty cool, huh?

Linking up to:
Red Ted Art: Kids Get Crafty
Rainy Day Mum: Tuesday Tots
We are that family: Works-for-me Wednesday
Sun Scholars: For the Kids Friday
I Can Teach My Child: Show-and-Share Saturday


  1. What a great idea to teach children about the importance of sun cream! I will definitely be doing this with my son.

    1. Definitely! I don't have to fight him anymore to put on sunscreen :)

  2. What a fun idea! My little one LOVES playing and using all my creams.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    1. Thank you for hosting the link-up! There are so many creative ideas, I'll definitely keep checking in and looking around!


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