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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming


Remember Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” and all the crazy hijinks the sprites and fairies and humans got in to on that one crazy night? That’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s a day to celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the end of our winter hibernation. So, on June 20th, the day before summer officially begins, get outside, loosen the reigns on bedtime, eat every meal al fresco, and embrace this whimsy of the day.

woodblock drawing of a sun

Facts about the sun

It takes 8 minutes for the sunlight to reach the earth after it leaves the sun.
The sun is all the colors mixed together which is why it looks almost white.
If the sun were a giant gumball machine, you could stuff one million earths in it.

The name "solstice" comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because the sun is in the sky so long that it seems to stand still.
Why doesn't the solstice occur during the hottest summer months? Shouldn't more sun = more heat?

It takes a significant amount of time for all of the water on Earth to either warm or cool from the sun. The hottest weather usually hits six weeks after the solstice due to this phenomenon.

It takes a significant amount of time for all of the water on Earth to either warm or cool from the sun. The hottest weather usually hits six weeks after the solstice due to this phenomenon.

It takes a significant amount of time for all of the water on Earth to either warm or cool from the sun. The hottest weather usually hits six weeks after the solstice due to this phenomenon.

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Watch & Learn

 

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How Small are we in the scale of the universe?

Sun Salutation for Kids

 

They Might Be Giants-Why Does the Sun Shine?

Playing With Light

 

How Do We Know How Old The Sun Is?

Lunette, The Wolf That Travels With The Moon

 

Jokes and questions for your kids
What does the sun drink out of?
(Sunglasses)
Why did the sun go to school?
(To get brighter)
Question: What did you see today that you didn't see yesterday?
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TAKE A DEEP DIVE

Make a Nature Mandala

 

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The mandala is a circular symbol that represents the universe. Its concentric circles represent the way the universe and nature and humans interact. It’s a great way to teach kids that we have to take care of the earth as much as it takes care of us.

Supplies
  1. Sidewalk chalk
  2. Flower petals (from your Bee Garden!)

Draw a circle as large as you’d like your mandala to be, choosing a color that you have the most flower petals for. (Hint, green is a good one because you can use stems and leaves or even grass to fill in the circle).

Draw circles in alternating colors within the first circle so that it resembles a bull’s eye. You can also draw circles out from the center so that it looks like a large flower.

 

Line each colored circle with matching flower petals. For example, in your yellow circle place sunflowers or lilies or dandelions. In your purple circle place iris or violets. You could also make a brown circle and cover it with bark or dirt. There are no rules except that you use material from the earth!

 

Step back and take a look at the kaleidoscope of colors nature has given you to make your mandala. And snap a picture because like nature, it has its season and it will pass.

Covet & Collect

 

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, covet and collect products

Solar Powered Sun Tea Jar

$18.45 

Solar Mason Jar Lights (4 pack)

$19.99

SunPrint Paper Kit

$12.71

Get your groove on

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, music playlist

  1. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves
  2. Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  3. Island in the Sun by Weezer
  4. Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
  5. Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
  6. Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  7. Hot in the City by Billy Idol
  8. Up on the Roof by The Drifters
  9. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John
  10. What Light by Wilco

 Page Turners

 

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, books

 kiddie pool solstice books sunbread

Sun Bread 

by Elisa Kleven

kiddie pool summer solstice books

The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice 

by Wendy Pfeffer

Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun 

by Deb Vanasse

LOOK UP THE STARS

Scorpius

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kiddie pool constellation

The Scorpion constellation is at its brightest in June and therefore perfect for your star-gazing on the longest day of the year. That is, if your kids (okay, you) can stay awake long enough to see it.

Find Scorpius yourself!


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GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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