The solstice was yesterday but traditionally Midsummer was celebrated on June 24 and we’re spending the whole week welcoming the summer.
We made a hand print sun for our window. I have this great paper that is thicker than tissue paper but more translucent than construction paper. We love it because it is thin enough to glow in our windows but sturdy enough to survive toddler and preschooler handling.
This is a simple way to welcome the summer.
- thin yellow and orange paper (I would have liked to include another shade but we only had the two)
- glue (we like Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Stick)
- glass or bowl (for tracing the circle)
1. Fold paper in half, and then half again. Trace a cute little hand on the paper. Cut out the shape so you have four hand shapes. Repeat for the other color(s).
2. Trace a circle in a yellow sheet of paper and cut out the shape.
3. Glue the handprints around the edge of the circle. (Note: I tried to convince my daughter to overlap more and use all eight handprints. “But this fulfills my artistic vision, mommy!” *sigh* I’ve taught her too well.)
4. Use a smudge of glue stick to adhere the sun to the window and let the sun shine in!
- Science / Astronomy: What is the sun? How far away is the sun? How large is the sun? What color is the sun, really, and why does it appear yellow to us? Why does the sun appear to move in the sky? Why do we need the sun? Listen to Why Does the Sun Shine? by They Might Be Giants. (Technically, the sun is “miasma of plasma” and not a “mass of incandescent gas” BUT there is a lot of good information in that video.)
- History / Culture: How have ancient cultures explained the sun? Read myths and legends about the sun.