homemade sundial with rocks

homemade sundial with rocks ()

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It is easy to make a sundial in your backyard. Choose a day when you will be home from dawn until dusk.

You will need:

  • A straight stick, pencil or pointy rock

  • 12 Rocks

  • Paint or chalk

  • A clock

1.    Choose a sunny location!

2.    Place the stick, pencil or rock firmly in the ground. This is your gnomon. Make sure it can’t fall over!

3.    Paint each of your rocks with the numbers from 1 to 12. These will mark the time.

4.    When your clock reads the hour, like 7:00 a.m., put the correct numbered rock where the shadow from your stick is pointing.

5.    Repeat this at the “top of the hour” until the sun sets.

You can also do this with chalk on a sidewalk. Use some clay to keep your gnomon straight!

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Kat is a travel and lifestyle writer based in Kaiserslautern, Germany with a special interest in anything outdoorsy or ancient. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Penn State University and has been a travel writer for about 10 years. Currently, she is in the depths of dissertation research for an archaeology degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands. 

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