The Great Sunblock Experiment

Who has a kid that hates putting on sunblock? A kid that wriggles, squirms and tries to avoid sunblock at all costs? If you do, here’s a fun and easy experiment to drive home the importance of wearing sunblock.

Question for kids: Does sunblock really work? And which one works best?

Materials: Clear plastic or glass cover from a photo frame, 1 sheet of bright construction paper, washable marker, 3 different sunblocks, tape, cookie sheet

What kids can do:

  1. Put the construction paper sheet on top of the cookie sheet.
  2. Take the clear plastic or glass cover and draw a plus sign on it with the marker.
  3. Smear a different sunblock on each quadrant of the clear cover. Make a note of which sunblock is in which quadrant.
  4. Leave one quadrant empty. This is the control to show what happens when there is no sunblock.
  5. Place the clear cover on top of the construction paper. (Tape down if necessary.)
  6. Take the sunblock experiment outside and leave it in direct sunlight for 3 hours.
  7. Lift off the clear cover. Which sunblock prevented the sun from fading the paper? Which sunblock worked best?

Ta da! Sunblock works to prevent damage to paper. More importantly, it works to prevent damage to skin!

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Got this as a gift for my nephew and niece. Their mother is a teacher and didn't want the typical video game or off-the-shelf present. So I got this hoping they would like it. Even better. They loved it and so did mom. So kid-approved and mom-approved.

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Our family loved receiving our first Plum Spark learning adventure! The kids (ages 4-8) were super excited to gather around the box that came in the mail for them and open together. My oldest took the lead to pull out and examine each activity one at a time. The topic explored in this month’s box is Yoga, and the activities included were super fun for them! The boys gravitated towards a spice matching activity game, and I, as a mom, was pleasantly surprised with the sophisticated and high quality guide book and spice cards that had facts and information not only relevant and interesting to the small people in my life, but also me as an adult! Who knew cumin oil was used in some perfumes??!! We also loved the yoga cards and poses to try as a family and had a fun experience practicing together. My daughter adored the hands-on inner ear activity, and I appreciated having all of the important parts of the craft perfectly curated for me so less hassle and more family time. Excellent educational product! Couldn’t be happier with our family’s purchase and will definitely be a subscriber!

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My daughter really enjoyed this kit, she can’t stop doing her yoga poses now! The activities are fun and are stimulating a lot of curiosity in my little one. The activities are well explained and there is a lot of attention in every little detail. It is also a great opportunity to try new things that you wouldn’t have imagined that your kid could be interested in! We really loved doing it together!