Do your kids love outer space? And do they love arts and crafts? If you answered yes to both questions, check out our printable sun coloring pages below. When you think of outer space, is the sun the first thing that comes to mind? For many, the answer is no. Most people think about the moon, the stars, and the planets. NASA also generally tops this list. Super fun factoid — the sun is a star too! And it’s the closest one to planet Earth. Even better? It provides more than warmth and light so our kids can play outside with their friends. Without the sun, life as we know it wouldn’t exist. It controls the changing seasons, our sleep and wake patterns, and makes it possible to grow the food that nourishes our bodies. In our (not so) humble opinion, the sun is the real star of the show.
Want to learn more about the shining star we call the sun? Stay tuned. Below each coloring page, we’ve included some cool facts to share with your kids. If you’ve got toddlers and preschoolers who love to color, this is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon indoors. If you’ve got older kids, these pair well with a lesson on space — calling all teachers and homeschool moms! — or serve as a way to encourage your child’s budding interest in astronomy. No matter your intended use, these free sun coloring pages are perfect for any age. Check ’em out and let us know your thoughts!
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Free Printable Sun Coloring Pages
Sun No. 1
This gorgeous sun replica will brighten up any child’s day. Though the intricate design might be best for an older child, teen, or even an adult (moms love coloring pages too!). Speaking of bright, did you know it takes light from the sun eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach the Earth? In contrast, light from Proxima Centauri — the next closest star — takes more than four years to reach the earth! How’s that for a spark of knowledge to ignite your child’s curiosity?
Sun No. 2
This happy little guy is exactly what we picture when we think about a bright, sunny day. Perfect for preschoolers or anyone who needs a pick-me-up, this sweet design is sure to bring some smiles. On the subject of happiness, did you know that spending time in the sun is good for both your physical and mental health? Being outside is a natural mood and immunity booster — and the most effective way to get the vitamin D your body needs.
Sun No. 3
Look at those flames! We know the sun is hot. But, how hot is it really? Well, the sun burns at about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. To put that into perspective, lava is about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That means the sun is nearly five times hotter than lava. Wowzers!
Not only is the Sun hot, but it’s also expanding! One day, billions of years from now, the Sun will burn through all of its Hydrogen and begin burning through Helium. This will see our beloved star expand to become a red giant star, engulfing Mercury, Venus, and Earth as it grows. But don’t worry, it’s a very, very, very long time from now.
Sun No. 4
Did you know that the sun can create weather in space? Yep. A stream of charged particles — typically called solar winds. Sometimes these solar winds erupt from cooler spots on the sun’s surface (aka sunspots) and create solar flares that can knock out power here on Earth. Crazy, huh?
How could a star so far away from Earth have that kind of effect? Well, the Sun is massive. With a diameter of about 870,000 miles, scientists estimate about one million Earths could fit inside the Sun.
Sun No. 5
The sun is 93 million miles away. When we see the sun outside, it’s hard to imagine it being that far. At that distance, it would take a spacecraft approximately 222 days to travel to the sun from Earth. Why haven’t astronauts made this trek? Well, the answer is incredibly complex, but to sum it up simply — the sun’s heat would melt anything that got too close.
Sun No. 6
How big is the sun? Well, if we’re measuring by radius, it’s 432,690 miles. That doesn’t sound that big, right? Wrong. The sun is so massive that it accounts for 99.8 percent of the mass in our solar system. Our opinion? We’d say that’s pretty.darn.big.
Sun No. 7
This picture is so tranquil, perfect for inspiring peace. Basking in the warm summer sun can definitely bring on feelings of calm and happiness. We know we aren’t alone in this. This printable coloring page is exactly what you need if you want to spend a sunny day relaxing.
Sun No. 8
Cheery and inviting — those words definitely come to mind when taking a look at this sweet sunny picture. The English word “sun” comes from the Old English version “sunne.” The sun is Earth’s life source and for that reason, many cultures around the world have centered mythology and religion around solar deities.
Sun No. 9
The sun is the center of our solar system. So, what orbits around it? Great question! Right now, the sun has eight planets, at least five dwarf planets, and innumerable asteroids, comets, and icy bodies orbiting around it at any given moment. The sun’s gravitational pull holds it all together, keeping everything in position. Pretty neat, eh?
Sun No. 10
Did you know the sun doesn’t have a scientific name? Yep, it’s just the sun. Its other common name — Sol — originates from the Roman God of the Sun (aptly named Sol, of course!). That’s where the term “solar system” comes from, meaning the system of the sun. And do you see that beautiful surfboard in the back? Did you know they were first invented in Hawaii and originally called papa he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language? They were fashioned from trees called koa.
Sun No. 11
All of these suns bunched up together looked like a bouquet of stars! Now that we know the sun’s a star, have you ever wondered where night sky stars come from? When clouds of cold molecular hydrogen break down, those pieces eventually turn into stars.
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