Come join us as we have our first Science Lesson about Sweden. While we explored the globe we discovered that Sweden is located in the Artic Circle, a great place for watching the Northern Lights. Here's a fun way to learn about Science using both Art and Music.
Before you start take a moment to read this online book with your child: Auroras: Mysterious Lights in the Sky. Your child will gain so much background information about Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are the fluttering and bright lights that can be observed in the sky over the northernmost parts of the world. The best viewing areas in Sweden are above the Arctic Circle between September and March. As the phenomenon is caused by energy from the sun carried towards Earth on the solar winds. Since we can't all see the Northern Lights everyday from anywhere, I found a few videos for you to observe!
Here' s a fun way to experience Northern Lights on the Earth and from Space too!
Make your Own Northern Lights!
Directions:After watching the videos have your child paint their very own Northern lights. There is no right or wrong it's just the experience of what your eyes observed as the lights move and dance across the skyline. We listened to music while we were painting which made it so much for fun and also helps with expressive painting. The song "Above the Northern Lights" by Mannheim Steamroller was really fun to paint with and also created more imagination with my daughter.
Add a Silhouette
When you are done painting you can add silhouette of animals located in the Artic Circle made from black paper or a tree or house to create the illustrion of a horizon. Here's where my inspiration came from Northern Light Painting from Kids Artists.
Northern Light Resources and Crafts
Auroros from Exploratorium.edu
Northern Lights Craft from About.com Family Crafts
Want to learn more facts about Sweden? This month we're creating dishes and crafts with our children about Sweden. We even collected some Swedish books for you! Last month we traveled to the United Kingdom! Next month we're traveling to.....Russia! Check out our Russian Pinterest Board for inspiration! Come join the fun at Around the World in 12 Dishes! It's one way you can "Celebrate the Earth" with your children throughout the year!