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June 25, 2024

Happy Summer Solstice

You deserve warm and pleasant days, and June 20 brings the official arrival of summer — the longest day of the year.

Just because it’s summer, learning ought not to end. Teach your kids about the summer solstice at

Make a Rainbow

After a storm comes a beautiful rainbow. Don’t toss away those broken crayons too quickly; they can be melted to help create a colorful work of art. Use tape to mask off a design or letters on a canvas. Peel all wrappers off the crayons and have a grown-up apply heat to the crayons using a blow dryer.

Sunny Day Shadows

Grab some chalk and head outside on a sunny day. Kids will love tracing shadow shapes as the day goes by; trace shapes of favorite toys, and also trace some family members who can move into different positions for this exercise. How do the shapes and sizes change from the morning, noon and evening? Part science and part art project, “sunny day shadows” can keep kids busy for hours.

Need more summer fun? We’ve got you covered! 

  •  June is the perfect month to visit a local farmer’s market to pick up fresh produce! Check out what’s open and what’s in stock right here
  • Need some delicious recipes for healthy, tasty treats? Click here!
  • Here are some great ideas for Father’s Day (June 21) including how to do a Dad’s Day Photo Shoot; grillin’ ideas and subscription boxes for Dad.

About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).