Jun 23, 2017

Sunscreen Experiment

We are pretty serious about our skincare in this house. We only use products on the kids that rate a 0 or 1 on the EWG Skin Deep database, and with two out of three of our kids being fair skinned, good quality sunscreen is an important thing for us. The Sunscreen day of our Alphabet Island theme from Mother Goose Time was spot on! There was a sunscreen science experiment, an open ended sunscreen art project, lotion writing bags, and a sun protection game.

Bentley chose to start the day off by doing the Sunscreen Science Experiment!

We have quite a few favorite sunscreens that rate super low on the EWG scale! There is no reason to be spraying your kids with chemical filled sunscreens when there are so many amazing options out there. In case you don't want to do the research, here are some great ones that we love: 

The first thing we did was read over our special Science Experiment card. We love that Mother Goose Time provides us with this durable card with the experiment laid out for us. We are collecting them all so we have a file full of great preschool science experiments at our fingertips. 

Before applying the sunscreen to Bentley's hand, we talked about why we use sunscreen. He told me, "You need to use sunscreen because it the sun is very hot. It can make your skin burned." I thought that was pretty insightful for a 2 year old!

I applied the sunscreen to Bentley's hand just like a print craft. My kids are certainly used to those around here! We talked about how the sunscreen felt on his hand  ("cool, slippery") and how it smelled ("Just like candy mama!") Then  I had him make a handprint on each side of the paper. 

When he was finished, I had him wipe all of the access on his face and arms. He liked that! We discussed what would happen to the paper. The handprint he made was pretty non-existant. I explained to him that we would put it in the sun for a few hours and then see what happened and if anything changed. 

After a couple hours, we took it out of the window and observed the changes. Bentley's handprints were much darker than the sunbleached paper. We talked about the importance of using sunscreen so that your skin doesn't end up burned like the paper. The sunscreen protected the part of the paper that it was on.

We went on to have a fun day of learning about sun safety with our Mother Goose Time curriculum. Stay tuned for next week when we focus on Exploring the Island. 


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