PreSchool Spring Activity: Make Your Own Sundial

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Time, for your preschooler, moves according to her daily routine. When her tummy starts rumbling, it’s lunch time. When she begins to feel drowsy, it’s night.

For those of you enjoying spring, it’s a great time to make a sundial that helps her tell what time of the day it is.

First up, make your child stand at a spot where the sunlight falls constantly, and mark her shadow. Do this in the morning. Use sidewalk chalk, and draw a line to mark the shadow spot. Or place some pebbles at the spot.

At lunch time, measure her shadow again, and mark the spot. Do it again in the late afternoon when it’s her snack time.

Use the sundial everyday to let her decide if it’s time for breakast, lunch and snack time. To make it easy, name the spots as “breakfast,” “lunch time,” and “snack time.”

Use the opportunity to set that little mind thinking. Why does the position of the shadow move at those times? How come it moves the exact amount every day? What happens to her shadow at night?

Have fun!

3 Responses
  1. Alison :

    Date: May 16, 2008 @ 3:31 am

    Oh we did this not long ago and it is SO much fun. The girls were so excited and wanted to ‘check the time’ every 5 minutes.

  2. PlanningQueen :

    Date: May 17, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

    I love this idea. It is such a great way to explain the concept of time to children.

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