Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Make A - Sun Wheel

Since summer is really for kids, I mean let's face it, once you've reached adulthood, a lot of the "magic" of summer disappears. You don't get three months off anymore, no lazy days wandering the woods out back, building forts in the corn fields, climbing trees, or just doing nothing. Adults have a responsibility to provide for kids - so they can do all those things *grin*

As midsummer approaches, the kids are running out of things to "do" - they've done it all! Here is an idea for something you can do together - which is always a bonus :)

Sun Wheels

Not too difficult to figure out, actually. Make Sun representations in a myriad of different ways to reflect the power of the great star. Here are a few ideas:

~ Construction Paper: Get a hold of some construction paper, some glitter, glue, scissors, rubber stamps, or whatever else you can dream up to make solar images to hang around your house.

~ Sun Mobile: You can use your construction paper suns as tassels on a sun mobile. Just decorate a bit of cardboard, dangle some strings from it, and hang your decorations from it.

~ Mud Cast: Gather a bucket of dirt (from your own property if possible), a small screen (the kind you find on your windows), a serving platter lined with paper, a soil testing kit, instant concrete, a carving tool of some sort, and a pitcher of water. Find a place you don't mind messing up...this can be pretty sloppy. Take several handfuls of soil and put them on the serving dish and make a mound of it in the center. Pour some water around your soil. Then use the soil testing kit (this step can be skipped if you either don't want to know the quality of your dirt, or if you took the dirt from somewhere other than your own garden). Add the instant concrete and mix it together as fast as you can. Shape it into a disk, then use your carving tool to form a spiral sun symbol, or some other representation of the sun.

Inspired by: 'Magical Gardens' by Patricia Monighan.

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