Why Does the Sun Move?

Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday Story

Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday StoryIt started with her building a colourful zoo. She’s been building little zoos for a while now with blocks and playsilks. I’ve been taking photos and documenting her learning and had thought these photos would be part of that but…this exploration took a wonderfully different path.

‘Let’s draw these colours, Mummy.’

Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday Story Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday Story

It was cloudy today. The clouds kept dancing in front of the sun; hiding the colours. When the sun returned, she noticed something…

‘Mummy, why does the sun move?’

‘Hmmm good question. What do you think?’

‘I think the sun moves out of the way when the clouds come. And then it comes back again.’

‘Let’s see how the sun moves.’

Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday StoryScience Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday Story Science Activities for Preschoolers - Tracking the trajectory of the sun - An Everyday Story

Each time the sun came back, Sarah (4 yrs) would draw around the new shape. And each time, the sun had moved just a little. She marvelled in it; waiting and singing to the clouds to skip away.

I thought about reading a page from one of our science books about the sun’s trajectory; but this was enough for today. The magic in the moving sun was enough. The books and the science will come later.

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Sarah is using rainbow window blocks. We have two sets; the larger blocks are from Modern Teaching Aids and the smaller ones are from ZartArt. Both are Australian stockists. You could also check out these window blocks on Amazon

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8 Replies to “Why Does the Sun Move?”

  1. Wonderful, I cannot wait to delight the children with this observation.
    Thank you for sharing your little wonders with us. Rebecca

  2. Melody Trent says:

    Kate,
    I love to learn from your story and your children. Sarah’s expliration is just in time for our learning here too. We are studying hot air balloons and weather, what a great provocation! So inspired..

  3. Your story of Kate’s magical experience today was succinct and compelling. Thanks!

    So thankful for those little pieces that you add to your tellings: “THE SCIENCE AND BOOKS CAN WAIT”

    Indeed as a teacher/parent there is always that need to jump on the opportunity. I love that you chose to savor the moment. Looking fwd to the follow up to this in whatever magical way it presents itself: 1 month from now, 6 months from now, 2 years!!

    This is what the Greeks understood as the difference between Kairos and Chronos time.

  4. Melissa Kate says:

    Pure bliss. A treasured time. Warms my heart that you held that space for your daughter. Childhood needn’t be rushed huh. ❤️

  5. This is fabulous.

    I just got to see the Wonder of Learning exhibit from Reggio in NYC. There was a part of it about a project one class did about just this–they were tracing a cool window shadow that appeared on a wall, but it kept moving out of their drawing. They ended up making a story about its movement, in that gorgeous, poetic, Reggio way. Holding off on the books and explanations allows for that.

    Beautiful.

  6. Christine Dewhurst says:

    Thankyou so much for this post, I love the fresh clear colours, I have been talking with the Family Day Care educators about the use of water colours and provocations, in this post there is the same clarity of colour but what I most love is in the final comment, ‘enough for today.’ the ability of the adult to leave the wonder unsullied.

  7. This is just so enchanting! Love it, i was fascinated to learn along with Sarah 🙂 What a wonderful way to notice something new. Lovely stuff once more, Kate xx PS we need to find our best window for some reflections too, I think!

  8. Truly beautiful! The above comment says “enchanting”. It so it. I would love to have these blocks to use in this way!

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