I discovered this idea from the Quirky Momma on Pinterest... and had to give it a try.
Definitely check out her site. Her pictures and explanations are much better than mine. I loved this idea because it was simple. We don't typically play with our magnets outside, so my little guy was pretty excited.
He put letters and shapes on different types and colors of paper. We wanted to test out which types of paper and which colors worked best for this little sun experiment.
Then we let everything hang out in the bright sun while we headed to church.
When we got home we ran outside to check things out. The shape puzzles on the super cheap construction paper worked the best.
The ones on the brown cardstock worked OK... the ones on the pink paper were barely visible. You could tell which direction the sun had been shining based on the imprints that were left.
Fun Frugal Mommy also tried this with sight words. I want to try it with our names next... on the cheap paper of course :) I love it when my little guy and I are equally as excited about an activity.
Once we were done with the sun bleaching process, we matched the magnet shapes and letters to the sunbleached papers. We'll be trying this one again soon.
This activity gives kids an opportunity to...
- connect letters with their names and sounds (we talk about the sounds as we match each letter)
- spend time looking at letters and learning to recognize their similarities and differences
- talk about words related to the letters (we discuss which words relate to each letter- d is for daddio)
- do a little experimenting with the sun :)
- talk about shapes, how many sides they have, and their colors
- match letters and shapes