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Out of this World: The Sun

Time to blow off the STARdust and write a blog! In the last 100 days I have done a plethora of topics in a Social Media Livestream or Virtual Class format. I am learning a lot!

I am a Florida Certified Elementary Education Science Educator and operate an e-commerce Science Toy Shop, Philanthrolab Science Shop LLC (50 Science Toys $10 or less, goodie bags, gifts; At Home Play Pak, Satchel of Science™).

I provide two Livestreams per week and a Virtual Class (Next registration in August 2020). The first week of June I went Live introducing the first Out of this World topic: The Sun.

In the Science Facts & Crafts Livestream (Thursdays at 1:30 PM Facebook & Instagram) I shared some Burning Hot Facts about our Yellow Dwarf Star, our Sun.

-It is a medium-sized star. Not the biggest or brightest.

-A Million times larger than Earth it provides us its energy of Heat and Light in 8 minutes. Think of us, Earth, as a pea and the Sun a beach ball! 

-The Sun's size and gravitational pull Earth and other planets into rotation around it. It takes 365 Earth Days to go around the Sun.

-93 Million miles away its powerful ultraviolet rays can change the Solar Glow Beads or develop NaturePrint Paper in seconds!

The Solar Glow Bead Bracelets are hand-assembled with beads that change colors in daylight and glow in the dark once solar charged. Only $1 in the Science Shop!

NaturePrint Paper is a fun and creative product that adults and children can develop pictures using the Sun's ultraviolet rays. Going through 2 chemical changes to create permanent, unique images of the things we love. Get 12 5x7 inch sheets in the Science Shop.

I demonstrated my favorite tips to using NaturePrint Paper:

Tip #1. With small children, use sticky tack to temporarily anchor your items and the paper down and not have them move. Even the slightest position change will leave a shadow.

Tip #2. Sing a Song while you wait. Depending on the cloud coverage it can be 30 seconds to a few minutes to see the paper fade to a light blue. 

Tip #3. Try using a UV Light instead of the Sun's Ultraviolet Rays for a surprising result as the paper does not change much visibly until it is developed in water.

Tip #4. Put a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to your dish of water to see a deeper blue contrast.

Tip #5. Add watercolors to the negative white spaces for a colorful craft!

NaturePrint Paper is easy to do by following the easy steps. Twelve sheets 5x7 inch paper ($10) are available in the Science Shop. Included in the "Out of this World" At Home Play Pak©($40 with Free Shipping) available June 2020. Find out everything else that comes in an 8x8 inch handstamped tote assembled to enrich your young scientist's play this Month!

In the Science Literacy Livestream (Fridays at 1:30 PM EST) I read aloud the book Sun: One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty. Author of other titles such as Moon: Earth's Best Friend and Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years. In 2021 Mars: Earthlings Welcome will be available. 

I also did a step-by-step tutorial to making a Solar Cooker!

To make the Solar Cooker you will need: a flat box, scissors, tape, plasticwrap, aluminum foil, newspaper, black paper.

1. First cut 3 sides of a window on the box.

2. Wrap the window flap with aluminum foil. This is to reflect light into your box.

3. Tape Plastic or Wrap the Hole of the window cutout with plasticwrap. This provides access for light yet closed off from outside debris.

4. Line the bottom of the box with newspaper. This is to help trap heat and not let any escape.

5. Line the newspaper with Black paper. This absorbs the heat.

6. Put any foods on a clear dish or on aluminum foil before placing in the box.

7. Take the temperature of the interior of the box before, during, and at the end of cooking. Don't forget to record your data!

Next I will share my most Stellar activities to teach about Stars! Thursday I will craft up a North Star Locator, Star Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin, and How to make a Star grow during the Science Crafts and Facts Live

Friday's Science Literacy Live I will read aloud Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I know Exactly What You Are by Julia Kregenow PhD.

Tune in on Facebook & Instagram (click each to like) to be notified when I go LIVE at 1:30 PM EST. 

Here's a special edition #infographic all about the 7 types of stars!





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