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THE SUN

PAPER PLATE SUNS
Invite your children to try one of these art activities.
Cover paper plates with small pieces of glued-on yellow tissue paper. Add strips of yellow tissue for rays.
Paint paper plates yellow. Make rays by cutting slits around the edges.
Draw smiley faces on small yellow paper plates, and glue on yellow yarn pieces for rays. Turn the suns into puppets by attaching craft stick handles.
  
SUN PICTURES
Give each of your children a piece of blue construction paper and a yellow paper sun shape. Have the children glue their suns onto their papers. Then have them draw pictures on their papers incorporating the sun shapes.
 
SUN-MADE MATCHING GAME

Place a piece of dark blue construction paper on a tray. On top of the paper, arrange several familiar objects with distinctive shapes, such as a key, a comb, a pair of scissors, a plastic knife, and a clothespin. Place the tray in direct sunlight for several hours until the paper has faded. Then remove the objects and give them to your children to place on their matching silhouettes on the paper.
 
TEDDY'S SUN DAY
Select a large teddy bear or other stuffed toy. In a box, place items of hot-weather attire that will fit the teddy, such as a sun hat, a bathing suit, sandals, and sunglasses. Also include a few items of cold-weather attire, such as snow boots, mittens, a jacket, and earmuffs. Let your children take turns dressing teddy for a day in the sun by choosing appropriate items from the box.
 

THE SUN IS SHINING
 
The sun is shining all around,
It shines on land and sea.
It shines on cars, it shines on boats,
And shines on you and me.
Heather McPhail

Each time you recite the rhyme, let your children substitute other words for "cars" and "boats."
 
LET'S GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SUN

Tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
 
Let's go out and have some fun in the sun,
Let's go out and have some fun in the sun.
Let's go out and have some fun.
We can hop and jump and run.
Let's go out and have some fun in the sun.
Liz Ryerson

Continue singing about other fun things to do in the sun.
 
SUNSHINE SNACKS
Make sun tea by adding two herbal tea bags to a quart jar filled with water. Screw on the lid and place the jar in direct sunlight for about four hours. For extra fun, make two different flavors of tea and encourage tasting.
Serve lemonade for sipping in the sunshine. Thread a yellow paper sun shape onto each child's straw.