Summer solstice falls on Thursday, June 21 this year! The summer solstice is our longest day and shortest night of the year. Your preschooler will love learning the science behind the solstice!
Deriving from the Latin words sol, meaning sun, and sistere, meaning stand still, the summer solstice is the longest day because it has the most hours of sunlight (in the northern hemisphere). This is due to the fact that the earth’s northern tilt is most towards the sun. The solstice is recognized as the official beginning of summer and is celebrated all over the world. Check out these ideas on how to celebrate with your preschooler!
Read Books About the Solstice
Check out the local library for some kid-friendly books on the summer solstice! These will help your child learn more about the solstice and understand more of the science behind it.
Spend the longest day of the year the best way you know how, playing outside! Enjoy the many hours of sunlight by swimming, having a picnic, going on a walk, or playing at the park. No matter what you choose, your child will love playing on the longest day of the year!
Make a Sun Craft
Using cardstock, cut a circle out that is small enough to fit easily inside a gallon-sized plastic bag. Help your child squeeze red, orange, and yellow paint onto the circle before placing it inside the bag. Seal the bag tightly and allow your child to spread and swirl the paint around until the circle is covered. Remove the circle from the bag and place on a piece of paper. Brush some of the excess paint onto the surrounding paper. Once dry, glue the circle to the paper and you will have a beautiful sun!
Make the most of the longest day of the year by trying these activities out with your child! You will even get to incorporate science into the fun by talking about the cause of the solstice!
For more science fun see, Science Experiments for Preschoolers.
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