Friday, June 18, 2010

Preschool Sun Dial

I thought I had come up with an original sundial idea, but I ran across several of these when I was looking for information about sundials!  Oh, well!  Here is an easy way to make a temporary sundial!

You will need:
Empty flower pot
Pen, marker, or dowel rod

1)  Go outside to a sunny location on a porch, driveway, or sidewalk.  Place the flower pot upside down on the concrete.  Place a pen or marker (or dowel rod) in the hole on the bottom.

2)  Trace the pot with a piece of sidewalk chalk.  Mark the pen's shadow from the sun on the concrete (you could also mark on the bottom of the pot). 

3)  Try to check it every hour and mark the shadow.  We set a timer to go off hourly.

Go to the North American Sundial Society webpage to find out more about sundials!  Crayola also has a fun human sundial project.



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