Getting Crafty

Sunscreen Detectors

Time to get crafty about sun protection education! This fun and easy experiment from @thatgirllaney uses a hands-on approach to illustrate the importance of wearing sunscreen. Speaking of hands-on, keep Wet Ones handy to wipe away the sunscreen from your hands after the experiment is complete!

Gather the family and grab the following items:

  • Dark-colored construction paper (must be construction paper, not cardstock)
  • Sunscreen
  • Any pen or marker


Use your pen/marker to section off the paper into two columns, SUNSCREEN and NO SUNSCREEN. Add some sunscreen to your hand and press firmly onto the SUNSCREEN side of the paper.


Take a quick Wet Ones break to wipe away the sunscreen and get those hands clean.


Allow your paper to sit in direct sunlight for 6 to 8 hours. Make sure you have something to hold it in place, so it doesn’t blow away!

Tip: You may have to reposition it occasionally to keep it in direct sunlight.


After several hours, you’ll notice the paper will begin to fade, except for the area with the handprint made by the sunscreen. This is a great way to show your family how sunscreen creates a barrier of protection on our skin.