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The Sun- Astronomy Lessons For Preschool

 Day 2: The Sun

The Sun is the perfect follow up to a day reviewing the stars considering it is a giant star!  This fun lesson includes a video that gives a brief overview of all the strengths of the sun, and then activity that teaches our children how protection from it works.

Circle Time:

 
 
Silly Songs:
  • The More We get together
  • 1 little, 2 little, 3 Little Stars..
  • Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star.
  • Clap Your hands as slowly/quickly as you can
You can find the book on Amazon here.

The Sun, a giant star that gives us energy, warmth, the seasons, moon phases, it’s work is endless!  While it brings us so much good there are safety measures we must take when standing out in it.

We must never look directly at the sun and we should always wear sunscreen. Today’s activity gives us insight on just how sunscreen protects us.

The Activity: Soaking Up The Sun

Supplies:
  • Construction Paper
  • Sunscreen
Instructions
  1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half, ‘like a taco’.
  2. Spray or spread sunscreen on child’s hand and have them firmly and carefully place their hand on the paper and pull away.
  3. Leave it out in direct sunlight for an hour or two. 
  4. Be sure the paper remains folded with the sunscreen side facing up.
  5. When finished bring it inside. 
    1. What did the sunlight do to the paper?
    2. Unfold and compare the two sides of the paper.
    3. Was the sunscreen effective?
Another variation of this is to walk around the yard, picking flowers, sticks, leaves, and placing them on a piece of construction paper to see what shapes are left after an hour or two in the sun.
Other fun activities in would be actual sun art paper, sun-catchers, or for the older kids exploring the power of the solar energy with a solar rover kit.  

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