Sunshine On My Shoulders

If there is one thing we have a lot of here in Arizona, it’s sunshine so it only made sense to do some sun activities.  And ever since we read Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer the girls have been obsessed with their favorite sun fact: “The sun is a star!”  We did two different art projects, a felt board story, and made sun prints.  We sang “You are My Sunshine” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and of course I played John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders” for the girls.  My biggest goal was for Mia and Zoe to start to understand why we need to wear sunscreen as we kick off our summertime fun.

Skills: science, art, life skills, letter recognition, music

Puffy Paint Suns

We used homemade puffy paint out of shaving cream to make these.  Thank you so much to Kendra for turning us onto this!  I mixed equal parts shaving cream and glue and then added in the paint.  Since the other things are white, I added in some orange to darken up the yellow paint.

We’ve done this before and I found it was easier to cut out the design ahead of time from posterboard (or another hard paper or cardboard).  Then I laid it over paper for the girls to go to town painting.  It took them a little bit to get used to the feel this time but they really loved moving the paint around.  Just be sure you can wash up immediately after this activity.  🙂

Paper Plate Suns

While our puffy paint suns were fun to make, they didn’t really look like suns when we were finished so I decided to have us also make these paper plate ones.  They were super easy to put together but Zoe and Mia seemed to enjoy them.  We painted paper plates with yellow, orange, gold, and silver sparkle paint.  Then the girls glued on the yellow and orange rays that I had cut out ahead of time.

Sun Prints

The sun prints were really cool (I think Ed and I were just as excited as the girls) and they really showed just how powerful the sun can be.  We ordered ours from Amazon; we just got a small package but there are all kinds.  There wasn’t too much prep except to get a bowl of water ready and then to find what we wanted to put on our sheets.

Sunny Letters

We also practiced our letter recognition with these sunny letters from Sparkle Box.  We used the letters as a file folder game matching the lowercase letters on cards to the uppercase letters glued to the file folder.  And then we also practiced finding letters.

Uppercase Sun Alphabet
Lowercase Sun Alphabet

Felt Board Story

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a felt board story and the girls seemed excited to have it back.  We did the Sad Little Sunbeam from Sun Safe Central.  All the pieces are included so I just printed them on cardstock, laminated them (so we can use them next summer), and glued sandpaper to the back so they’ll stick.  The story is long but it seems to get the point across about how the sun can hurt us and how to stay safe.  I wondered how much the girls got out of it but later I caught both girls re-enacting the story on the felt board.  And since they’ve talked about needing sun safe clothes and sunglasses.  🙂

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