In the Northern Hemisphere -- above the Equator --- the Winter Solstice falls on December 21, and the Summer Solstice, the longest day, is on June 21. In the Southern Hemisphere, the dates are just the opposite.
In many places around the world, the Winter Solstice is celebrated with ceremonies honoring power of the sun and the harvest. The lighting of candles and tree lights are a symbolic way to make the day longer.
We will use the Peruvian celebration of Inti Raymi to celebrate the Winter Solstice by making an Inti Raymi Sun God Mobile that lets the sun shine in! Reproducible original masters--with the addition of scissors, glue sticks, and t-pins--challenge students to read and follow instructions and create a mobile or window hanging. Try some hands-on fun, with inspiration for further research of global cultural traditions.