It may seem a bit old fashioned, but teaching your children how to make a sundial is a fun and educational activity and they won’t even realise they are learning.
First of all you need to go a-gathering because nature has all the supplies to make a sundial. Your child will probably need their backpack for this one. They will need about 15 stones and one longish stick. Here’s what you need to do:
- Choose an unshaded area to set up your sundial.
- Put the stick (a pencil also works well) into the ground if on grass or in a large piece of play-doh, if your space is on concrete.
- Observe the stick’s shadow carefully over the course of the day.
- Add a stone to your sundial for each hour, from sunup to sundown.
- Mark the exact spot where the shadow falls with the stone and label it with the time.
It may be fun to label the times with activities that are meaningful to you or your children. For example if your children are young you could label 12 as lunchtime, one as naptime, four as teatime and seven as bedtime, as this will be more memorable.
The next day when the shadow falls on the stone at nap time, whisk them away and grab yourself a nap too!