The summer solstice is a significant astronomical event that marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs around June 20th or 21st each year when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun. This results in the longest day of the year, with the sun reaching its highest position in the sky and casting its rays for an extended period.
Throughout history, the summer solstice has held great cultural and spiritual significance in various cultures around the world. It has been celebrated as a time of abundance, fertility, and the triumph of light over darkness. Many ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts, observed solstice rituals and built monuments aligned with the sun's position during this time.
In modern times, the summer solstice continues to be cherished and celebrated in different ways. It symbolizes the peak of life and the vibrant energy of the sun. People gather to honor the sun's power and appreciate the beauty of nature. Festivals, bonfires, and gatherings take place to mark this special day, often involving music, dance, and feasting.
What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than by creating a beautiful folded window sun?
Creating a folded window sun using kite paper is a wonderful way to connect with the summer solstice and bring its joyful spirit indoors, to your homeschool or living room. The craft project allows kids to engage in creative expression while learning about the natural cycles of the Earth and the significance of the sun's energy.
Adding dried flowers or dried orange slices to the center of the folded sun not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also brings a touch of nature-inspired texture. These natural elements further connect us to the beauty of the outdoors and serve as a reminder of the abundance and growth associated with the summer season.
So, let's get started with the tutorial and celebrate the summer solstice by crafting a vibrant folded window sun that will illuminate our homes with warmth and cheer!
Kite paper (yellow, orange, or any vibrant colors)
Dried flowers or dried orange slices (optional)
BONUS: story telling Summer sun-catcher!
Create an image inside of the middle of your sun-catcher sun, using cutout designs. We created a summer garden and Robin. Download the template below and get crafting! OR create your own special image inside of your summer sun. Cut out paper and glue it directly to the middle yellow circle.
Simply follow the tutorial above to create the sunbeams and glue them directly onto your paper circle middle. Then hang it up in a window or attach it to a string to hang outside on a sunny day.
template download is at the bottom of this blog post!
This craft project is not only perfect for kids homeschooling or brightening up a bedroom or living-room, but it also embraces the spirit of nature with the addition of dried flowers or dried orange slices.
Folded Design was created by Acorns and Aprons. if you created this Sun, feel free to post and tag us on Instagram - we love to see your creations and often post them to our stories! @acorns.and.aprons
Download story-telling PDF template here: