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Celebrate Science and Culture with the Summer Solstice

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Solstice is rapidly approaching and with it comes a perfect opportunity to celebrate science and culture with the preschoolers in your life.  The summer solstice occurs on the day with the longest period of daylight here in the Northern Hemisphere and is often referred to as Midsummer.  There are quite a few activities you can do with preschoolers to learn more about this day.  Here are a couple of my favorite ideas. 

Remember that nature walk we talked about last week?  After collecting items on a nature walk, use them to make sun catchers out of clear (or yellow) contact paper cut into a sun shape.  Create flower crowns and have the kids’ practice their math skills by counting how many flowers are in each.  Make a simple sundial (directions HERE) and measure time every hour.  During story time read “The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice”.  Finally, end the day by decorating sun shaped cookies with a simple powder sugar/water frosting. 

What are your plans for celebrating the official start of summer?

Comments
Joan Hamm commented on 26-Jun-2013 10:28 AM
I love the idea of celebrating summer! Our Toddler (2 -3 years old) are now authors of a professionally published book called "In Our Meadow". We'd love to share it, let me know if you are interested.
Nicolle Bellmore Pierse commented on 26-Jun-2013 02:33 PM
We would love to see "Our Meadow"! How exciting that one of our RSG sites is the home of published authors--especially at such a young age. Where can we get an autographed copy to put in the RSG lending library?

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