Spring Equinox Picnic-Celebrating the Vernal Equinox

The Spring Equinox Vernal Equinox www.mammasschool.co.ukThis week it has been the spring equinox, otherwise called the vernal equinox.  So, we deviated away from our nature curriculum to have a closer look and some fun with this instead.  So what is it?  It is technically when spring starts.  It is termed an equinox, as all over the globe day and night is roughly equal in length, being 12 hours each.  We are in the northern hemisphere so have the spring equinox, whilst in the southern hemisphere they are experiencing the autumnal equinox.  The day and night length is not an exact science, and it has a lot more to do with marking key times in the astronomical cycle of the earth.  In a year we have two equinoxes (autumn and spring), and two solstices (winter and summer).  There is a lot of other detail I could go in to, but I’m keeping this at the level I am teaching my trio 🙂  The spring equinox has for a long time been celebrated as a time of rebirth, and there are many lovely festivals experienced around the world to celebrate it.  So we decided to have our own little celebration, a picnic!

The trio and I thought it would be a lovely idea to head over to the west side of the island to watch the sun set.  It’s now setting at about 6pm (bang on its twelve hour day/night cycle), and would be one of the last times the children would see the sunset until the autumn.  I love my children dearly, but I equally love their bedtimes as I am exhausted by 7pm, when the house falls calm and quiet!!  There will no doubt be the odd time between now and the autumn where they will stay up, but I wanted to be sure they definitely caught this sunset.  We knew there was a well positioned fire pit, so we packed up some food to cook, and headed over.

The weather was not totally on our side though.  It was a very blustery (and cold as usual!) spring evening, with quite a bit of cloud around.  When we arrived though, the sun was peeping through the clouds and the wind dropped a little.  We lit the fire, and I got cooking, while the children got playing.  This was going to work well being a family too, as Dadda’s bus has a stop on the island a 5 minute walk from where we were.  So, I messaged him, and he said he’d join us, getting off at that bus stop on the way back from work.  We enjoyed the hot food, followed by a dessert of toasted marshmallows, and then the wind really picked up!  Once the wind picked up, we ended up hiding behind a boat hut to protect us a bit as it was very strong!

There’s a girl in there somewhere!

We waited until the sun had set, peeping out from behind the hut to watch it, then packed up our things and headed home before we blew off!!!


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  1. I love that you go out and cook outdoors so much. Apart from going camping I’d not know where to start! #countrykids

    • I learnt a lot from our forest school back in the UK as to how to do it, and then I just needed to confidence to go for it, and we haven’t looked back (or set fire to anything yet!)

  2. jo

    This looks so much fun! Toasting marshmallows is always a hit. It looks like a great evening and educational too! #CountryKids

  3. What a lovely way to spend the spring equinox, I bet the kids loved learning about the equinox and having a bonfire at sunset. It’s fab that you could do it as a family too, I’m sure the Kids loved spending the evening with you both. Marshmallow toasting is always a great fun way to spend some time whilst learning about the equinox.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  4. What a lovely way to mark the equinox 🙂 Does look like it was rather windy! #countrykids

  5. What a lovely way to mark the start of Spring – I love this time of year x x

  6. Love the lesson on the equinox and great outdoor adventures. #CountryKids

  7. Excellent that you caught “Daddy” on his way home from work! Love that you went to catch the sun setting, shame it was windy but well worth the experience! Love cooked marshmallows! Yummy #countrykids

  8. What a wonderful idea to celebrate the equinox with a picnic! We usually do this for midsummer and light a fire on the beach (inside our kettle barbecue turned fire pit). Well done for going through with it regardless of the blustery wind!

    • It’ll be lovely being in Sweden for midsummers ths year as it is a huge celebration here! Your celebrations sound good too

  9. Aww what a lovely thing to do! We don’t really appreciate the sunset on a daily basis and I never thought about the fact that the children don’t see sunset at this time of year! We usually let them stay up a couple of nights on our summer holidays though to watch the sun setting over the sea! #countrykids

  10. What a lovely idea to see the sun set and toast marshmallows, a great way to mark the start of spring.

  11. What a brilliant way of celebrating the equinox. Looks too chilly for me though! 😉


  12. Going to watch the sunset is such a lovely way to mark the spring equinox and teach your children about it. It was a shame it was so blustery though! #countrykids

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