Here are 20 easy and fun sun crafts for kids – perfect to celebrate Solar Appreciation Day on 10th March, or for the Summer Solstice in June!
Doing laundry isn’t a fun task, but it sure helps when it’s sunny outside. Just hang the clothes out there and they’re dry in a short while. Sounds like nothing to be amazed about but that’s because you don’t realize that you’ve just made use of the massive resource that is solar energy!
Solar energy may sound like a complex subject, but it isn’t. Remember how you used a magnifying glass to direct sunlight to a particular spot and cause it to burn? Yes, you harnessed the power of the sun, solar energy!
So why are we talking about this today? Because the second Friday of March is Solar Appreciation Day, which falls on the 10th of March this year. It’s an excellent opportunity for kids to learn more about how massive the sun’s power is, and the best way to start is with some simple sun crafts for kids – we can move on to the more complex stuff later!
20 Splendid Sun Crafts for Kids
This fun craft from Krokotak, with its fringes and everything, reminds us that the sun is really a star. The sun may seem huge for us, but the reality is that it’s just average-sized – there are stars that are 700 times the size of the sun!
There are many energy sources available to us, but solar energy outdoes them all. The amount of solar energy that hits the Earth is more than 10,000 times the energy used by the whole world! Catch more of these fun facts as you make this cute Styrofoam sun craft.
Twitchetts has a fun little sun ornament craft that’s perfect for preschoolers to make. The sun is something most kids learn to draw first, so this craft should be ideal for this age group!
It’s not for nothing that we equate being ‘sunny’ to being cheerful and happy. Our bodies create Vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin, and this Vitamin is important in maintaining a good mood. So if you know someone who makes you happy, be sure to give them this cute card from Easy Peasy and Fun!
Solar energy may seem like something the modern world discovered, but the truth is that people have been using it for centuries! The Greeks and Romans used it in the 3rd century to spark fires, for various purposes. However, we can have some safer fun with these cute sun crafts for kids from Homeschool Preschool!
Few things are as awe-inspiring or breathtaking as watching the sunrise and the sunset. It’s no wonder then, that any location providing either of these sights becomes a hot tourist spot! Create your own sunset at home, by painting it on a pillow!
Catching the sunlight with a suncatcher – that looks like a sun! That’s exactly what Make and Takes has done, and it’s very pretty. The power and beauty of the sun led many ancient civilizations to consider it a God. The sun God was called by many names – Ra by the ancient Egyptians, Huitzilopochtli by the Aztecs, Inti by the Incas in Peru, Dushara by the Nabateans in Jordan, and Amaterasu by the Japenese, according to Shintoism.
If you’re looking for sun crafts for kids that also flex their fine motor muscles, this weaving craft from I Heart Crafty Things is just what you need! It also helps kids concentrate on a single task and builds focus.
If your little one is learning about the weather or the environment, do try these paper crowns along with the other sun crafts for kids! The set includes a rainbow, cloud, star, and of course a sun – just download and print!
We love how smiley and cute these suns from Simple Everyday Mom are! Besides making us all happy, the sun’s rays are used in Saudi Arabia to power a system that can grow spinach, while also generating electricity – isn’t it amazing!
If you’d like some sun crafts for kids that have a multi-dimensional appearance, this one from Krokotak should make you happy! The craft has a downloadable template that can be put together quite easily.
We always color suns in yellow or orange, but Kids Activity Zone goes a different route with a rainbow-colored sun! We love how whacky the whole project is – and kids will too!
13. Doily Sun Craft
We like this idea from Crafts on Sea of placing a yellow sun on a blue background – looks like the sun’s floating on water! Speaking of which, a floating solar plant is being constructed in Mithila in India, a place known as the ‘Land of Ponds’. When completed, the plant will be able to provide electricity to 10,000 people!
Kids Activities Blog has a cool sun that sits looking all sassy, what with his sunglasses and all. Let that be a reminder to protect yourself the next time you step out in the sun – the sun’s power can also be destructive! Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to stay safe.
Let’s add some texture and interest to our sun crafts for kids by mixing up our craft materials. Handmade Charlotte shows us how to create the sun’s rays with papers of different colors and textures.
If you’ve got a little one at home, this handprint sun craft from Family Focus Blog is perfect for him! Just draw outlines of those cute hands on yellow paper – you can use plain or patterned – and turn them into sun rays.
How about having a sun that can dance? Well, Crafts by Aria makes it possible – using paper and string to create a sun marionette! It will be interesting to see how this fits in with your other puppets and puppet shows!
The entire world is waking up to the possibilities of solar energy and today, we have the world’s largest solar thermal energy plant in California’s Mojave Desert and the world’s largest solar energy fleet installation in China. Find out more about such installations and plants as you make this cute craft from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
This list of sun crafts for kids features suns made out of a variety of materials like paper, paper plates, paper bowls, doilies and more, and we have one more to add – a Popsicle stick sun craft from Glued to My Crafts!
I’m sure you’re feeling all ‘sunny’ and happy after seeing these adorable sun crafts for kids! We’ve kept it simple so that even the little ones can make them, and the older ones can learn more about solar energy. Who knows, we might just open up a new career path!