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Friday, January 11, 2008

Making a Sundial with the kids

Friday, January 11, 2008
Making a sundial is an easy and fun activity that your kids can easily help with. And with the days getting longer and longer, it is a good activity to go out and honor the sun as He grows stronger.
Talk about how the Earth is rotating on its axis. And that that is how time was kept for centuries, even after clocks and watches were created.
Good Luck and Have Fun.

Materials

• 12 inch by 12 inch piece of heavy card stock
• Block of wood
• Thumb tacks

Directions

First, take the heavy card stock and fold it corner to corner, then cut the card in half. Fold a flap on the bottom of the card to tack into the piece of wood. Attach the card to the wooden block, making sure the triangle is straight up and down. Place the sundial on a flat surface in the sun. Every hour, mark off where the shadow is cast. You might even want to paint a nature design on the wood block. Remember to keep the sundial facing the same direction so your hour marks will be accurate.

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