Sunscreen Experiment with Solar Beads

It sure has been sunny this summer! We have to make sure we are protecting ourselves when playing outside. Here is a great experiment that you can do at home to instantly see how sunscreen protects us from the sun’s harmful UV rays!

Published on August 10, 2020

See how sunscreen protects your skin? The beads don't change color!

Solar Beads Experiment                                                           

Materials: Sunscreen, string or pipe cleaner, solar UV color changing beads

It sure has been sunny this summer! We have to make sure we are protecting ourselves when playing outside. Here is a great experiment that you can do at home to instantly see how sunscreen protects us from the sun’s harmful UV rays!

STEP 1: You can buy solar UV color changing beads at your local craft store or online. Make a bracelet or necklace with these and then go outside in the sun. Watch as these beads instantly change color!

STEP 2: Now, go back inside and rub sunscreen on the beads. Go outside in the sun and watch as the beads remain the same color and don’t change. Why? The sunscreen layer is protecting the beads from the UV rays! Sunscreen does this for our skin too!

TRY THIS! Experiment with different SPF sunscreens and see which ones protect the beads the most. That is the sunscreen that you want to use on your skin!

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