Summer is officially here and it doesn’t seem any hotter or more summer-like that it already has been. It has been in the 90s here in the California foothills for weeks now. Summer vacation is a thing of the past and being that I work for a swim wear company I constantly think of taking off to the lakes and beaches that surround me, but cannot due to the high volume of sales that must be quelled. I guess that there is only 94 more days of summer before things start to “cool off”…ha ha ha…*sigh* To all of you lucky people who still get to experience summer break let me know about all of the fun you’re having while I slave over the computer and get all of your UV protective swim wear out to you!
Everyone has experienced having items faded by the sun, weather it was an item of clothing, a coat of paint, your car interior, or the color of your hair. Apparently there are some creative people out there who have harnessed the sun’s ability to fade items to create art. MarthaStewart.com has a simple way to use the sun this summer to keep the boredom at bay:
“Sunlight fades construction paper, as anyone who’s hung a piece of artwork in a window has discovered. Turn this drawback to your advantage by making sun prints that use everyday objects as stencils. Flat objects create sharp outlines, while bulky ones make blurrier impressions. Untreated, the images will fade eventually, but you can protect them with a UV-resistant spray.
Cut shapes from paper, and spread restickable glue on the back, then stick them to the construction paper. Tape the paper to a sunny window, facing out, and leave for at least a week (longer for higher contrast), then peel off cutouts. You can also lay three-dimensional objects (try rickrack, toothpicks, or buttons) flat on a piece of construction paper in a sunny place where they will not be disturbed.”
This activity has few supplies and is easy to clean up after. It really shows you the power of the sun and the effects it had on everyday objects. This thought provoking activity can be used to teach children about the potential dangers of over exposure of the sun.
With the temperature slowly rising as the days go by remember to keep covered in the sun. Avoid outside activities during the peak hours of the afternoon when the sun is at it’s hottest, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, protect you eyes. I just found these fun facts about how some animals cope with the sun:
Chimpanzees avoid the peak hours of the sun, being most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours.
Rhinoceroses roll in mud to protect their already thick hide from the hot African sun.
The snow is melting pretty fast up here, it is about time to swap the skis for shorts. Only 81 more days until June 20th, the first day of summer! I hope that you are prepared. I know we are ; )