When I began putting together activity ideas for learning about the sun, I thought it would be fun to do an art project. I’ve often been struck, actually, by the intersection between art and science. In creating art, children are also learning science. For example, in creating these sun paintings, my kids were developing their scientific understanding of the sun. . . its colors, its composition, its solar flares, etc.
Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.
The idea for these sun paintings came from Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas. As soon as I saw them, I knew we had to try out the unique painting process she discusses on her site.
Because the idea wasn’t mine, you will need to hop over to Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas for full instructions on creating these beautiful sun paintings.
I will, however, leave you with a couple of pictures for inspiration so that you might decide to make these amazing sun paintings yourself!
More resources to learn about the sun
More Gift of Curiosity posts about the sun and solar system:
- Recording the Earth’s rotation with shadows
- Books about the sun
- How planets orbit the sun
- Solar system Montessori 3-part cards
- Solar system lacing cards
- Make a model solar system