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Kids How To Make A Homemade SunDial
How To Make a Homemade Sundial with Your Kids
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?
Children and nature, what better classroom can there be than the world
outside. When kids create a sundial they are learning how to tell time. Rain or shine, the many lesson that are there, right outside
our doors for our kids are endless. Science experiments are a great way for kids to learn so why not take advantage of all that is around us. Learning through an hands on approach is fun and a great way to learn.
Kids Science Experiments
We all want the very best education for our kids. Childhood can be a challenging time and preparing our children for the world outside is what parenting is all about.
Our kids today have very limited experiences with nature. If they are outdoors chances are they are involved in organized sports or on playground jungle gyms. We shuttle kids in the car to soccer, to dance class - ask a kid to walk around the block and for sure you will get one of those looks as if you were an alien from another planet.
Get the Kids outside in Nature
Time to Get the Kids Outside for Some Fresh Air and A God Lesson from Nature !
A back-to-nature movement to reconnect children with the outdoors is burgeoning nationwide.”
USA Today, Nov. 2006
Why You Should Teach Your Kids How to Make A SunDial
Most kids today are being given a virtual electronic experience of childhood. We sit our children in front of the TV from the earliest of ages to watch a video, and then before you know it they are hooked up to a computer playing games or chatting with their friends.
Teach Time With A SunDial
You may be surprised but most of our kids today can only tell time by looking at a digital clock. So a great activity to do with you child is to follow the sun. A simple sundial experiment is a fun way to teach your kids how the suns path changes everyday. This lesson is one that once they learn it will be with them forever. And I can assure you it will be something for many weeks that will be open for discussion!
What You Will Need For Your Sundial
- 10" square of cardboard cardboard
- A pencil or a stick
- Then get some Markers or fun stickers.
Directions to Make A Sun Dial
- First take 10" piece of cardboard and POKE a little hole in the center.
- Then PUSH the pencil or stick through the hole. Make sure it is secure. (If necessary, attach a small board with a screw or a nail to the bottom of the stick to hold it upright)
- This is your Sundial.
The Sun Dial Experience
Now go outside and find a sunny spot. Somewhere where there are no trees or buildings as you dont want anything in the way that may cast a shadow on your circle..
When you have found that perfect spot . . take the pencil (or the stick)and push it into the ground.
At each hour have the kids mark where the sticks shadow falls on the circle. They can use their markers or stickers for this.
When the sun has set . . you will have a complete sundial! (Its a good idea to cover it with a piece of plastic so that the dew or perhaps a rain shower doesnt ruin all their work)
The Lesson Continues
But it goes on from here, for the next day have them mark the hours again. Maybe before they go to school, when they get home and maybe before dinner. They will see that the markers are pretty accurate.
Now have them check a week later and they will see that the shadows don't align with the marks at the right times.
And here is where the real discussions can start and they can understand first hand how it is that in space the earth is tilted on its axis.
Children who spend time outdoors are likely to be:
- more cooperative
- better problem solvers
- more creative
Educating Our Children with Nature
Teaching our children about the natural world that we all live in is one of the most essential lessons we can teach them. When we know how things work, we can feel a sense of security that leads to further inquiry and knowledge.
There is so much research going on that indicate that one of the best ways we can teach our children to avoid stress is to spend time in the outdoors.
Kids today need their time to be less scripted. For children to explore the outdoors from their own backyards to discovering the beauty of the nights stars can help them lead less streesful lives and in this crazy world we live in . . a little back to nature for our kids a great idea for everyone involved!