If you looked at a picture of the earth in space it would look pretty straight floating there, right? Well, it’s not! The earth actually tilts in relation to the sun at an angle of about 23 degrees. The result of that is that as the earth orbits the sun over the course of a year there are to be times when one side is exposed to the sunlight a little longer and the other side is dark a little longer. In the summer time our side of the earth is exposed to the sun longer, making for longer (and warmer) days. In the winter, our days get shorter and colder.
There’s still alot of great stuff you and your family can do during shorter days though, like making shadow animals! Take a look at the chart below and have a great time one evening after dinner making shadow animals with your children!