Summer Solstice Activities for Kids
June 21 marks the summer solstice. How can your kids celebrate the transition from season to season? If you’re looking for fun-filled ideas for celebrating the summer through play, check out these easy activities.
Sun and Shadow Drawing
Where is the sun on this very special day? Throughout the day go outside and place a large sheet of butcher paper or plain gift wrap on the ground. Have your child stand near it, casting a shadow onto the paper. Draw the shadow’s outline. Keep the paper where it is and repeat with new pieces throughout the day. If you have a large area of concrete, try the activity with sidewalk chalk. Compare how the sun and shadows move during the course of the day.
Plant a Garden
Welcome summer with a gardening activity. Plant seeds, seedlings, flowers or veggies in the backyard. Your child can help with everything from weeding to watering—helping to make their summer garden grow all season long.
Chart the Changes
Now that the summer is here, how is the weather changing? Make a summer weather journal, starting on the solstice. Your child can draw what the weather looks like each day or write a few words about how it’s changing throughout the summer months.