In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity is an excellent accompaniment to the story "The Rebirth of the Sun" for a group doing this session near the winter solstice. Candles have long been associated with the Solstice and other holidays that take place in the winter months when days are short.
Remind the children of the part in the story when candles were lit "because all fire is a spark of the sun's fire." Tell them they will make winter solstice candles. The candles will be yellow to honor the sun. Say in your own words:
The solstice marks the shortest day of the year. It is a time to celebrate hope and gratitude, because we know over the next months the days will get a little bit longer each day until, in six months it will bethe summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
Say that many, different winter holidays emphasize candles and creating light, including the Solstice.
Using the instructions provided with the wax, put wax in the glass measuring cups and melt it in the microwave. This will take a few minutes; the temperature required depends on the type of wax you use. Then, pour enough melted wax for one candle into each plastic cup. Add enough dye to create a very dark yellow and (optional) add fragrance. Stir until color is evenly distributed. Let candle stand until wax hardens (this will take a few hours). Trim the wicks.
Optional: Sell solstice candles to raise money for a charity or cause selected by the participants, preferably something related to caring for the Earth.
After candle wax has been poured, process this activity with the children with questions such as:
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Last updated on Friday, April 20, 2012.
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