Virtual Early Explorers: Sun

March 2021's theme was the Sun!

Two children walking through a sunny forest, with snow on the ground.

Photo by Luidmila Kot on Pixabay.


The links are all PDF documents.

 Blue paper with trees and a house drawn on the bottom. Two yellow circles are in the sky; one labeled "summer" is higher up, and one labelled "winter" is lower down.


Winter and Summer Sun: Explore the northern Sun in the winter and summer.

Eclipse Chalk Art: Create chalk art and discover the Sun’s corona.

Build a Model Solar Probe: Discover the Parker Solar Probe and embark on a mission to the Sun. Watch a how-to video here!

 A piece of black paper and a piece of white paper on a sunny windowsill.

Exploration Activities:

Warm Up Experiment: Explore the albedo effect on Earth with this simple experiment.

Make A Solar Viewer: Create a solar viewer to safely observe the Sun. Watch a how-to video here!

 Hand using a popsicle stick to sworl red and orange food coloring into shaving cream.

Sensory Activities:

Marbled Sun Prints: Make marbled paper that looks like our Sun. Watch a how-to video here!

Sensory Sun Catcher: Make mess-free squishy fun for a sunny window.

Watch a how-to video: Build a Model Solar Probe


Watch a how-to video: Make a Solar Viewer


For activities designed for kids ages 6-12, go to the Virtual Junior Curators page.

For activities designed for the whole family, go to our Virtual Family Days page.

For more Sun activities, go to the Space Science Activities page.


Images by Elisabeth Padilla.


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NASA Space Science Education Consortium logo.This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and  do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.