Winter Solstice Activities and Traditions for Kids and Families

There’s a reason for each season and around here we are quickly approaching the Winter solstice. What does all this mean? What are the traditions and activities and meaning behind the celebration of the Winter Solstice? You will find lots of great kid friendly winter solstice ideas to celebrate the day. The darkest day of the year brings about wonderful Winter Solstice activities for everyone to share together, in the home or classroom.

 WINTER SOLSTICE ACTIVITIES AND TRADITIONS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

WHAT’S THE REASON FOR  A WINTER SOLSTICE? 

In order to truly celebrate the winter solstice, you need to understand the winter solstice and how the seasons work.

Remember we talked about a reason for the season? Well the tilt of the Earth and it’s relation to the sun as it spins around is what creates our season. When the nether hemisphere is approaching the winter solstice days, it is actually tilting away from the sun.

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On December 21st or 22nd, here in the northern hemisphere, we experience the shortest day of the year and inevitably the darkest day of the year. After the winter solstice we start to get back our sunlight little by little until we make it to the summer solstice.

LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGE OF SEASONS THAT PRODUCES THE WINTER SOLSTICE

WHY CELEBRATE THE WINTER SOLSTICE?

This goes ages and ages back, but one of the main reasons of the winter solstice celebration is to celebrate what will be the return of light after the darkest day. Now I think that’s something to celebrate too.

These specific winter days are celebrated by different religions and cultures for many reasons, but it greatly about celebrating  light, celebrating outdoors, and celebrating with food and feasts. I can also get behind all of that!

There are many great traditions and activities that have been passed along with the preparation of the winter solstice. I chose some particularly interesting winter solstice activities the whole family can enjoy participating in together.

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ANCIENT STRUCTURES AND THE WINTER SOLSTICE

There are 3 major structures and buildings associated with the winter solstice. They include Stonehenge, Newgrange, and Maeshawe {with a live feed here}. Make sure to take a closer look math each of these places and read more about their connection to the winter solstice.

It is believed that these three places are aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice. Use the blue links right above to read more on each of the structures/buildings. My son and I had a great time researching these places to share with you.

WINTER SOLSTICE STEM CHALLENGE: Build A Replica Stonehenge!

Cardboard, cards, Dominoes, cups, index cards, wood blocks, and even LEGO! Check the recycling bin too.

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BURN A YULE LOG FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Learn about the rich history that connects the yule log to the winter solstice here. You can use your own log or make this Yule Log and family craft. Maybe you can even burn your log in an outdoor fire pit while roasting amores as your feast and celebration. Did you know the tradition of the yule log carries on in the form of a yule log shaped cake!

MAKE WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERNS AND LUMINARIES

The tradition of making luminaries and lanterns for the winter solstice can be very fun for kids to light up the dark day. You can try our super simple paper cup luminaries or these Swedish Snowball Lanterns. Grab a few battery operated tea lights and mason jars. Try white paper bags and cut out designs, add a batter operated tea light.

DECORATE THE OUTDOORS FOR THE ANIMALS 

Spend an afternoon making Cookie Cutter Bird Seed Feeders to hang around your yard or even along a favorite hiking trail. Build a snow sculpture bird feeder to share with the winter animals and birds. Make simple ice ornaments to hang on your trees.

CREATE BEAUTIFUL SNOWFLAKES AND WINTER TREES

Beautiful and simple winter solstice activities for kids including snowflakes, luminaries, and outdoor decorations and treats for animals

Celebrate and learn about the winter solstice with your kids! It’s not only an educational experience, it’s full of traditions and beautiful wintery projects for kids and families to do together this winter season.

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