With spring having gotten off to a very slow and unsteady start in most place in the Northern Hemisphere most of you are probably thinking: June, how could it be June already? We just had snow and and frost like two weeks ago? Well June is here and in just three short weeks the first day of summer will be here. The longest day of the year will have arrived and for our family it will be a fun time to celebrate! This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st.
I like to begin our solstice celebrations by taking a big roll of paper and marking our shadows 10 days before the solstice. We only do ten days because the girls are so young when they get older, I will start at the first of the month. We’ll go for walks, plant some flowers, eat lots of summer veggies, read summer stories and learn as much as we can about this ceaselessly interesting planet of ours!
I’ve compiled a fun list of things for you and your little ones to do leading up to the summer solstice of even just on the day of solstice.
- make one of these sundials
- check out my solstice pin board
- learn more about the earth as part of our solar system
- make a sun catcher
- go find some wild edibles like dandelions or nettles
- make some sun inspired cookies
- read some summer books like this or this or this
- make daisy chain crowns
- invite the birds to come feast with you!
- check out the activities in this issue of Alphabet Glue or better yet the Summer Science issue!
- buy some seeds to plant for fall
- make a bonfire and sing and dance the long day away
- go on nature walk
- observe your shadow
- make a rain stick to help call in the summer rains
I hope this list helps you get inspired. If you would like to add to the list feel free to in the comments!