It’s forest week and apart from The Gruffalo our other favourite forest book is Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick Sharrat – with some of our favourite fairy tale characters including it’s a fun book that lets us guess what is going to be revealed when you turn the page to see the silhouette.
Inspired by the silhouettes I decided to try an idea with the kids that I remembered from my childhood – Sun Prints – using solar paper you can create silhouettes of objects.
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Whilst out in the forest we picked a variety of different leaves from the trees trying to find interesting shapes and sizes and brought them home.
Solar Paper is a very simple photograph type paper suitable for children to use – it comes in a black bag to protect it from sunlight and under indoor lights you can get it out and have a look at the paper – once under sunlight the paper changes colour and any obejects placed on the paper form a silhouette on the paper, the paper can then be set by washing in water and drying.
I set up a table for T with the leaves that we had collected and explained what we were going to do with the sun paper – our pack said that under bright sunlight it would take 3 to 4 minutes to work and under duller conditions upto 10 – as it was starting to get shady in the garden we went for a full 10 minutes with the paper.
T placed the leaves on the paper and we watched what would happen – I can truthfully say that as we watched I couldn’t see any changes but after 10 minutes we removed the leaves from the paper and could see the outline. Quickly placing the papers in a bucket of water we submerged them for 2 minutes (the time given on the packet) and then put them out to dry.
The effect on the paper is wonderful – we have light blue silhouettes on the paper of the leaves forming our own Foggy Foggy Forest type pictures from Nature.
It is week 4 of the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp and this week is Forest Fun – yesterday I shared how we go about Gruffalo Hunting in the forest bringing the book alive, The Educators’ Spin On It shared about story telling with a teddy bear’s picnic and on Tuesday Toddler Approved shared a Spray Bottle Gruffalo Number Fun Activity.
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