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Sunshine Experiment

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Gather Materials

Black or darker colored construction paper

Sunscreen

Paintbrush

Sunshine Experiment - Step 1

Step 1

Start by squeezing a little bit of the sunscreen onto a plate. Then, have your child use the paintbrush to paint a picture using the sunscreen on the black paper.

Sunshine Experiment - Step 2

Step 2

Now, take the artwork outside and lay it where it will get direct sunlight. You can use rocks to hold the paper down from blowing away. If it is a rainy day, you can set the paper near a window that gets plenty of sunlight.

Step 3

Leave the painting in the sunlight for at least 2 hours then go back to check on what has happened with the painting.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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Free resources at your library

Your local library has many resources for you as a parent as well as for your child. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer. For an online list of libraries by city, go to publiclibraries.com/state

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