Make amazing white on blue prints with your favorite objects! Just place leaves, flowers, shells or whatever you choose on the photo-sensitive paper and place in the sun. Remove the objects after a couple of minutes and rinse the paper to "fix" it. Congratulations, you've made a permanent piece of sun art! Kit includes 15 or 30 sheets of 14 cm x 19 cm (5.5" X 7.5") sun-sensitive paper. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
- 15 or 30 sheets of 14 cm x 19 cm (5.5" X 7.5") sun sensitive paper
How does it work?The nature print paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals, which react to light waves and particles when exposed to light. When you place objects on the paper, they block the light and turn white while the paper around them remains blue. Water stops the process and fixes your images on the paper.
What does it teach?
Learn about the nature of sunlight and how light-sensitive chemicals work. From here, launch a discussion about how color photos are developed, as each layer of chemicals on the film react to photons of different color.
Science Fair Connection:
When the Sun Sensitive Paper reacts to ultraviolet light, it's a pretty fantastic demonstration of UV-reactive materials. However, this awesome demonstration isn't, by itself, a science fair project. To create a science fair project using the Sun Sensitive Paper, all you need to do is identify and use a variable. A variable is an aspect or factor of the experiment that you can control and alter. Here are some examples of variables that you could use:
- Test different sunscreen brands or SPFs by spreading the sunscreen on the paper.
- Try to find the best pair of UV-blocking sunglasses.
Once you identify your variable (don't let us hold you back, if you have better ideas, use those!), start conducting your experiments. Make sure that you keep all other factors the same, though. Otherwise, you'll have multiple variables!
- Can you explain how I “set” the image?
It is really easy to set any image, all you have to do is place it on the sheet by itself. If you were to use tape on the edges, then the tape would leave its imprint on your image as well.
- What types of objects work best?
Any object will work as long as it blocks the sun. Objects that are semi-permeable or ones that don’t lie flat against the paper may let some light through to cause the developed image to be less defined.
- What size is the paper?
You get your choice of 15 or 30 sheets that measure 5 1/2” by 7 1/2”, which is just the perfect size for your class.
- How long does it take to work?
It works best if you leave the image in the sun for about 2 minutes and then bring it in without allowing the covered part the be exposed to sunlight. Let the paper sit in some water for about a minute and then your image should be ready to displayed.
Sun Sensitive Paper
June 30th, 2008
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JJ - November 6, 2012
we loved this...my daughter had a project due and my whole family got involved with it...it is an excellent thing to do. loved all information we recieved from this experiment
Cynthia Baumann - June 7, 2012
I used the sun-sensitive paper by giving each child (ages 4-7) three stips on a sheet of cardboard. On one strip of photo paper they placed a picture (from a transparancy), on another strip they did the same and covered the entire paper with a piece of opaque construction paper, and the third strip was the same but it was place inside a little plastic baggie that was covered in sunblock on the outside.
Jane Roscoe - May 5, 2012
After reading about and looking at some images from the sunprint.com website, I realized that you can print any image you like onto a transparency and then place the sunprint paper underneath and the prints come out stunning! I am using them for a Sunday School lesson so I also printed the Bible verse on the transparency and they turned out very readable. This is such a great product.
A huge hit with the kids!
Kim - August 20, 2011
At first we thought it hadn't worked, but when we rinsed the paper, *pow!* the images appeared! The girls were all singing & dancing & were so very happy! Very cool stuff!
Deborah Easley - July 24, 2011
I followed the instructions, but the images did not come out the way I thought they should. It wasn't a total disappointment, the kids were amazed that it did show the images.
Amy - July 20, 2011
We used this for part of my daughter's birthday party. It was a big hit. A lot of the kids thought it was magic. I cut the paper's down to smaller sizes so they could do 2 if they wanted. That was a hit too. So glad I got this.
Oooo's and Ahhhh's
Kristi Beil - November 9, 2010
Our homeschool group meets weekly and we are currently studying the solar system and the sun. We used both the sun print paper and the UV beads for our science experiments today and all I heard was "Ooooo!" and "Wow!" and "Ahhhhh!" The experiment directions on your website that accompany the product was SO helpful to all of us! During lunch I left the container of UV beads just sitting out so that kids could keep touching them and playing with them. It was so fun to "overhear" the kids noticing things like; "The blue ones turn color fast than the rest." So then I would encourage them to see what color changes next and next and next.
Gerry - October 5, 2010
My grandaughter and her friend loved every minute of it.
lovely sun art work
jackiewright - June 11, 2010
makes beautiful intricate amazing prints with just the sun and nature. lovely. great on a sunny day
Jaclyn Russell Petaluma - December 6, 2009
I liked the product very much. I tested them to fix all the kinks for my 6th graders. It worked very well, I just have to figure out a way to get a nice rich blue instead of a faded blue.