Exploring Northern Lights with Kids through Art


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.

 
Northern Lights
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! 

Materials:
  • Paint
  • Paper 
  • Toothbrush
  • Pencil
  • Music
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 KingdomNext 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!  
 

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page

12 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post. I can't wait until my sweet baby is big enough for art projects this involved. We are working on not eating crayons right now (pretty successfully so far!)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I know what you mean my litte one just turned one and we do have to keep a close eye on her. You might enjoy this little project we did with edible finger paint just in case http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/01/baby-time-edible-finger-paint.html It's fun to start art when they are young!

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  2. I really love this activity! I wish my girls were little because I would do it with them today! I'm giving it a pin on Pinterest! xoxo susie

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    1. Thanks Susie for pinning and sharing, I really had fun with my daughter teaching her this lesson and she couldn't wait for Daddy to come home and share it with him as well.

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  3. Very neat! I think I may have some glow in the dark glitter that could be sprinkled over the wet paint. Never actually used it, but may be a fun addition =)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Glitter would be a fun addition and glow in the dark glitter would be even more fun! Hope you guys have fun with this one too.

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  4. Stopping over from UBP...and I love your blog! I am an educator turned stay at home mommy, and you have some great ideas for bringing the two together :)

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  5. Very cute craft. I might join you on Russian leg of your journey :)

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    1. I hope you'll join us, we have some really fun things planned for Russia!

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  6. What a great way to tie science, geography, and art together! Love the idea of using toothbrushes for painting.

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    1. Thanks Rebekah! My daughter had so much fun with the project and truthfully we mad quite a few Northern Lights pieces of artwork. She knows most certainly knows where the Artic Circle is now on the globe too.

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  7. What a fun way to learn about Northern Lights! I especially love the painting to music activity. Thank you so much for sharing in the Discover & Explore linky. I'm featuring this post today.

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