Squish Painted Sun Craft

Looking for a fun-to-make sun craft for kids? You are going to love this mess free squish painted sun craft perfect for celebrating the summer solstice or summer crafts for kids.

There is something about warmer weather that brings out the sun lover in almost all of us. In honor of the warmer weather arriving and summer approaching, we thought it would be fun to make a sun-themed craft. I've seen mess-free squish paintings floating around online as a fun way to paint with preschoolers without the mess, so I thought that making a squish painted sun would be the perfect way to try the mess-free painting experience. My preschooler had a blast making this sun painting, and the coolest thing about this painting is that every time it will come out a little bit different!

The orange, red, and yellow really brought the sun to life and made it look just like the pictures of the sun we see in movies and in photographs from space.

Squish Painted Sun Craft

Even bigger kids will love trying their hands at this sensory-friendly mess-free painting activity.

You'll need cardstock, ziplock bags, red/yellow/orange acrylic paint, glue stick, paint brush, and blue paper.

What you'll need to make squish painted suns:

  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Plastic gallon zip lock bags (1 per child)
  • Yellow, orange, and red acrylic paint
  • Blue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Paint brush
You'll need cardstock, ziplock bags, red/yellow/orange acrylic paint, glue stick, paint brush, and blue paper.

Cut a circle out from the cardstock paper. Make it small enough so that it can be taken in and out of the bag easily.

Squeeze some paint onto the paper. Place the sun in the bag and seal the bag tightly.

mess free painting sun craft

Have the kids squish and swirl the paint around to make the sun and cover the entire piece of paper with paint. Remove the sun from the bag (it's best if an adult does this part).


While the paint is still wet, place the sun onto the piece of paper. Use a paintbrush to gently brush the paint out onto the paper, which gives the sun it's burning appearance.

Wait for the paint to dry. When the paint is dry, glue the sun to the center of the painted spot on the paper.

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Brenda is a full-time writer and homeschooling mom to two girls. Brenda blogs about STEM activities and ADHD homeschooling at Schooling a Monkey. When she isn't working, you'll find Brenda sipping on coffee with her nose in a book.

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.