Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trying out Solar Paper

This is the extreme version of making sun prints on construction paper. I walked passed this solar print paper at the store and decided to give it a try.

It came with 12 sheets of blue paper & a little frame to hold your treasures in place.

The directions said to create your design out of direct sunlight because the paper reacts quickly.

They weren't kidding. In less than a minute of being outside the paper was already changing color.

You know it's done when the paper turns a near white. This took only about 2 minutes.

We brought the paper inside & removed the plant pieces. Notice where the plants were is blue & where the sun hit the paper is white. The directions said to run the paper under cold water, which we did. Running the water over the paper changed the blue parts to white & the white parts to blue. Now that's some crazy science.

Next was to let it dry and the next day I hung it in our school room. Later I will have the boys add these to their nature journals.

Mr. T's Solar Creation

Mr. T's final product.

Princess K's paper

I think this one is my favorite. I love how the daisies turned out.

We still have paper left over. What objects should we experiment with next time?

I'm linking this post to:
Science Sunday


  1. I didn't know you were supposed to run it under cold water after. I think solar paper is SO much fun. Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday.

    I have to say I love the look of the botanical prints so much I'd probably go crazy with those. Maybe toys?

    1. I even saw keys used. They are fun looking. We'll definitely try it again.

  2. Cool I never new this stuff existed. I am adding this to my list of things I want.


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