Topics: Ages 3-6, Ages 6-9, Arts & Crafts, Early Learning, Winter
To do: Speak about the winter solstice and what is means for hours of daylight.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: The book “The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice”
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, due to the earth’s rotation around the sun. It occurs anytime between December 20-23rd, depending on the year.
Read the delightful explanation of this natural occurrence from Wendy Pfeffer in “The Shortest Day” then do a little experiment with your child!
The days are now getting longer. Observe the sunset for a week with your child, determining if it is setting later each day. Of course, you can cross check with your weather app to see the actual time of sunset, and mark it on your calendar.
Discuss with your child that you will get more and more daylight time each day until the Summer Solstice, and which point the days will begin to get shorter again.
Use this extra light to play outside in the evenings!
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