Take children outside in the morning. Point where is the sun coming up with your right hand. That direction is north. Point to the opposite direction with your left hand. That direction is west. Your face is north and your back is south. Here’s a song to help you remember!
(Tune: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)
The sun is rising in the east, uh-huh, uh-huh. (Point with right hand.)
The sun is setting in the west, uh-huh, uh-huh. (Point with left hand.)
My nose is north. (Point in front of you.)
My tail is south. (Point behind you.)
And so I turn myself around (Turn around.)
And the sun keeps rising in the east.
Human Sun Dial
Have one child face north at 9:00 in the morning. Mark where they are standing and draw their shadow with chalk. Have the child stand in the same spot and record their shadow at various times in the school day.
Staple two paper plates together ¾ of the way around with the insides of the plates facing each other. Decorate the outside of the plates with markers, paints, and paper scraps to look like a clown, sun, bear, etc. Blue on tissue paper streamers. Fill the inside with goodies and then staple the rest of the way around. Punch a hole in the top and tie with string to a long stick. Blindfold children and let them swing at the moving piñata with a rolled up newspaper.
*You can also make a piñata from grocery sacks. Double the sacks and fill with goodies. Fold the top half of the bag over the bottom of a hanger and staple. Decorate with tissue paper, paints, etc.