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Explaining the Summer Solstice to Children: A Celebration of Light and Nature

As the warm days of summer approach, the natural world around us undergoes a beautiful transformation. One of the most significant events marking the onset of summer is the summer solstice. For children, understanding the summer solstice can be an exciting journey into the wonders of astronomy and nature. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to explain the summer solstice to children and why it holds such importance in cultures around the world.

What is the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice, often referred to as midsummer, occurs around June 21st in the northern hemisphere. It is the longest day of the year, with the most hours of sunlight. On this day, the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, resulting in the shortest night. Conversely, in the southern hemisphere, this day marks the winter solstice, with the shortest day and longest night.

How to Explain the Summer Solstice to Children:

  1. Simplify the Concept: Begin by explaining that the Earth orbits around the sun, and as it does, it tilts slightly on its axis. Use visual aids such as globes or diagrams to help illustrate this point.
  2. Use Everyday Examples: Relate the concept of the summer solstice to experiences children are familiar with. For instance, just like how the hours of daylight gradually increase as summer approaches, they can think of the summer solstice as the peak of this increase.
  3. Introduce Seasonal Activities: Engage children in activities that highlight the changes associated with the summer solstice. Planting seeds, observing changes in the length of shadows throughout the day, or even going stargazing to witness the constellations that are visible during summer nights can make learning about the solstice more interactive and memorable.
  4. Explore Cultural Traditions: Teach children about the various cultural traditions and celebrations associated with the summer solstice. From the ancient rituals of Stonehenge to modern-day festivals like Sweden’s Midsummer, these traditions offer insight into how different cultures have revered and celebrated this astronomical event throughout history.

Why is the Summer Solstice Important?

  1. Connection to Nature: Understanding the summer solstice fosters a deeper connection to the natural world. It teaches children to appreciate the rhythms of nature and the changing seasons.
  2. Cultural Significance: The summer solstice has been celebrated for millennia in cultures around the world. Exploring these cultural traditions helps children develop an appreciation for diversity and the rich tapestry of human history.
  3. Astronomical Awareness: Learning about the summer solstice introduces children to basic astronomical concepts such as the Earth’s orbit and axial tilt. It lays the groundwork for further exploration of the cosmos and inspires curiosity about the universe.


The summer solstice is a magical time when nature is in full bloom, and the sun graces us with its longest light. By explaining the summer solstice to children in simple terms and engaging them in related activities, we can instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Through this understanding, children can embark on a journey of discovery that connects them to the rhythms of the Earth and the vastness of the cosmos.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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