I feel like I have been singing “Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me!” The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D.
The sun gives off serotonin that is beneficial for children and adults. The Serotonin helps boost children’s mood and helps them feel calm and focused. This is a great benefit for all children in school or out.
Research shows that just five to fifteen minutes a week provides you with enough vitamin D needed to boost your mood. (Laflamme,2015) This is also beneficial for teachers who work with students. It also creates a mood boost and calming for you as well. So when the sun is shining head on out even if it’s for five minutes to get some beneficial vitamin D.
Sunny Day Activities
Find a nice bright spot. Have a conversation with the children about the sun.
“The sun is yellow.”
“The sun is bright.”
“The sun feels warm on my skin or hot!”
Teach the children the Mr. Sun song.
Talk about the qualities of the sun.
Have them create sunglasses with construction paper and cellophane paper. Patterns can be found online.
Ask the children to describe the sun. How does it make them feel?
Ask the children – Do you want to catch the sun?
Have children create Sun catchers using contact paper and colored tissue paper and string.
Laflamme,Mark MD Sunlight and Moderation. www.healthline.com, November 2015