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Summer Solstice is such a special time to celebrate. It’s the one day in the year where the sun is said to be out the longest, giving us more hours of fun in the sun! Naturally, I took the opportunity and made it into a fun Summer Solstice unit study activity. Along with enjoying the outdoors and being in the beautiful sun, I wanted to make this day a memorable one for the kiddos.
Start your day right
We started the day with learning what Summer Solstice was and why it was called Solstice. We then read about the different names it goes by, and the different ways its celebrated by different parts of the world. It was really nice to see my little one’s brain thinking about how the sun could be celebrated by so many people in many different ways.
After we learned about all the facts, I wanted to tickle my daughter’s brain a bit so I had her draw what she would do with extra hours of sunlight a day and what she would do to celebrate the sun. It was a great conversation starter and our imagination went wild.
One of the crafts in our Summer Solstice unit study was a finger print sun. We took red, yellow, and orange finger paint and placed it on the little dots on the paper to create the sun rays. This craft was fun and easy for both of my girls to do together. We used washable finger paint for an easy clean up! The paintings turned out so cute and the girls really enjoyed using their fingers to get the paint on just right.
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Another craft was the sun dial. This one was a little tricky since there were clouds blocking the sun from time to time but overall was a success! What was nice about the sun dial was that my little one learned that the dial was a way they told time in ancient days. It was very exciting to see how the sun moved the shadow around the dial and gave us the time of day.
While we were passing the time, we made sun tea. This tea is so easy to make and so customizable to your child’s tastebuds! We opted for lavender tea with orange slices and agave. Once we got all our ingredients, we put it into a small pitcher, covered it and let the sun do its thang. It took about 2-3 hours since there were so many clouds in the sky, but it tasted amazing!
The last craft we did was a simple sun catcher. Similar to a dream catcher, the sun catcher only needed yarn and some ribbons for decoration. It was such a sweet way to decorate our window.
If you’re looking for a fun and simple way to celebrate Summer Solstice, make sure to check out the unit study I created for hours of fun on this special day!
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