With the solar eclipse fast approaching this August, we have been learning about and experimenting with the sun all summer. In this article we are sharing 14 amazing hands-on sun science experiments for kids. These are fantastic to do during the summer, for a space unit at school, or for special events like the total solar eclipse!
Sunlight and Shadows
Using just a few common supplies like construction paper and LEGO bricks, there are tons of ways to experiment and create using sunlight and shadows.
- Make interesting sun print art using the bleaching power of the sun from Creative Family Fun.
- Use liquid watercolors to create colorful sun prints and learn about diffusion from Handmade Kids Art.
- Experiment to see which kind of sunscreen works the best from JDaniel4’s Mom.
- Learn about shadows and create unique art from Little Bins for Little Hands.
- Create a sundial from LEGO bricks from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
Explore the way sunlight streams into a window by creating colorful sun catchers. Better yet, watch how sunlight splits into the colors of the rainbow by making rainbow paper or experimenting with a crystal prism!
- Make squishy window gel clings that are even edible from Science Kiddo.
- Create colorful sun catchers using supplies lying around the house from Babble Dabble Do.
- Learn about thin film interference by creating a gorgeous rainbow on black paper from Science Kiddo.
- Play with a crystal prism to separate sunlight into an entire rainbow of color from Left Brain Craft Brain.
Sun Science Experiments
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Harness the sun’s energy to make items melt, cook, warm up, and move on their own!
- Gather old crayons and create brand new ones using the heating power of the sun from Mama Smiles.
- Experiment to see which household items melt in the sunshine from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
- Cook s’mores in the backyard without ever lighting a flame from I Can Teach My Child.
- Discover how to warm up water the fastest from The Educator’s Spin On It.
- Use the sun’s light to power your very own robot and learn about alternative energy sources!