Last week in my weekly homeschool wrap up post I mentioned that we made sunprints together. There’s nothing better than keeping your kids entertained, encouraging their creative talents, fostering cooperation, all while teaching them a little patience. And that is exactly what took place one afternoon last week when I called everyone out to the front yard.
I’ve listed the steps so you, too, can make your own sunprints.
1. Walk around the house collecting odds and ends (didn’t know this was going to be a housecleaning exercise as well, did you?). You can have your children do this, but I chose to keep the whole activity a mystery and played the part of the Pied Piper with all the children following long “Wha’tcha doin’ Mom?” “What’s that for, Grandma Linda?” To which I answered “Follow me and you will see!”
2. Grab a handful of construction paper. Colored printer paper works also, but construction paper is way cheaper and the effect occurs more quickly.
3. Find a nice sunny spot. The front lawn on hot summer day is perfect. A sunny window even in the middle of winter works great, too.
4. Allow everyone to dig through and look over the collected treasures. Swapping and trading allowed, even encouraged.
5. Everyone chooses a piece of paper (Mom might want to quickly pray she has everyone’s favorite colors on hand)
5. Instruct each person to lay their found objects on their paper. Encourage them to take a little time shifting and arranging. You want things to lay as flat as possible.
6. Time for another prayer – “Please, Lord, could we have soft breezes until after this project is finished?” The winds did pick up a bit. We were thankful we used plenty of heavy objects.
7. Now is when the lesson in patience comes in. Leave your collages in full sun for 3-4 hours. The longer you leave them, the more defined your images will be.
8. Distract the children. It was 90 degrees the day we made our prints and so it was off to the sprinkler and slip ‘n slide for us!
9. And then comes The Big Reveal! Have everyone take everything off their papers and watch their eyes pop out of the heads with amazement!
10. Proudly display their masterpieces and have fun identifying all the shapes and pictures created.
You can make a game out of it. Play ‘I Spy’ or quiz Dad when he gets home to see if he can recognize what’s in the picture.
This makes a great matching game – see how quickly your child can match all the objects to their images.
So, that’s how you make sunprints!
As a homeschool mom, I recommened you keep this activity in your ‘tool box’ for those crazy, chaotic times in life when it’s difficult to fit regular schooling into your schedule. Today I’m writing over at Homeschool Survival sharing tips on how to survive homeschooling while planning your daughter’s wedding.