SMMART SCIENCE: Solar Art
Just this summer we introduced the girls to the power of the magnifying glass, burning a small hole into wood and smelling the smoke. (Of course, parental supervision needed.)
This activity takes a bit of patience, but the result is a pretty cool display of harnessing the sun's magnificent power.
You'll need a magnifying glass and a piece of wood...and a sunny day.
Find the right distance of the magnifying glass from the wood where the sun's light is concentrated into a pinpoint of bright light. Slowly, slowly, slowly start to burn the wood with the concentrated light. Move the pinpoint of light down and around to draw a picture or write the first letter of your child's name.
It's a pretty cool memento to display-"harnessed sunlight".