Spirit Message of the Day for Kids! – Celebrating Summer Solstice 2012

THE PAGAN SABBAT LITHA
Fun Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

“Years ago it was common for kids to be outside playing everyday during the summer. However, with the invention of the television, video games, and the computer, kids are spending more and more time cooped up inside. While you may let this slide most of the time, the summer solstice (also known as “Litha” or “Midsummer”) is one day when everyone and anyone should be outside, celebrating the longest day of the year. So how exactly do you pry your kids away from their playstation for the day? Believe it or not, there are many fun activities that children of all ages will enjoy, and the summer solstice is the perfect day for them to get outside and do them, while learning about an ancient tradition at the same time.”

ARTS AND CRAFTS
“There are so many ways to celebrate the summer solstice and the overall beauty of nature through art. Buy some finger paints or crayons and take your kids to the park, letting them paint and color what they see around them. Decorate your home with their drawings of trees, flowers, birds, and animals; your kids will be proud to see their creations on the walls, and it will also serve as a way of bringing nature inside as well. Another fun solstice craft is making sun masks. Purchase some construction paper, glue, popsicle sticks glitter, and scissors. Trace triangular shapes as well as one large circle on pieces of yellow and  orange construction paper.

Cut them out for your children, and have them glue the triangles around the edge of the circle. After the glue dries, cut out holes for the eyes and mouth. Let your kids decorate their mask with glitter before gluing the popsicle stick to the back. You’ll get a kick out of watching them run around with their new masks! You can also purchase play doh or modeling clay, and use it to make little sculptures of suns, trees, flowers, and other natural things.”

CAMPING
“What better way is there to celebrate nature than to go out and live in it for a while? Taking your kids camping is a great way to introduce them to the world around them, whether they’re three or thirteen. Let them help gather sticks for the fire, and point out different kids of birds, herbs, and animals. They’ll love wading or swimming in the lake if there is one nearby, and the campfire is a great place to tell stories about the God and Goddess and explain the origins of the solstice to them. Give them a shoe box to decorate before you leave home, and let them fill it up with all sorts of treasures that they find in the woods; acorns,flowers, leaves, etc. After your trip, talk to your kids about all of the sights and sounds they experienced; ask them what they liked best about being out in nature, or have them draw pictures of their favorite moments camping.”

PUT ON A PLAY
“If you’re having a gathering or party for solstice, let your kids get involved by allowing them to put on a play honoring the God and Goddess. Help them make simple costumes in red/yellow/orange tones, and decorate their hair with branches or flowers. Make a stage outside by tying a clothes line between two trees. Hang bed sheets over either side to act as curtains that can open or close, and make a sign advertising their show. Your kids will love telling friends and family how much they know by acting it out for them!”

GO OUTSIDE
“The final and most simple way of celebrating the summer solstice with your children is just spending time outside. Let your kids soak up the sun’s energy on this day of celebration, and give them symbolic toys like disks and pinwheels to play with. Wake them up early to watch the sun rise, and let them stay up late enough to watch it set. Encourage playing sports or going for walks outside; anything goes, really. Just make sure that they aren’t spending the day inside playing video games or watching television; the summer solstice is about being outside and celebrating the sunlight!”

Excerpt from author Sarah Huth

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Published in: on June 20, 2012 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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