Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Shelley Miles
July activities, Blueberries
JULY 5 - Dog Days, Blueberry Month, World at Aphelion
Blueberries are at the peak of their season right now. Not only are they delicious to eat on their own, on top of cereals, ice-cream, or in a pie, but they are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Blueberries are related to the cranberry family and are not true berries at all. For little ones, be sure to cut the blueberries or gently crush them to avoid choking. Blueberries stain, so be sure your child is well covered before trying some. An old towel with a whole cut in the center works well.
After blueberries and a bath, cuddle up and read Blueberries for Sal .
The Dog Days of summer last from July 3 through August 11. These hot, sultry days were named in ancient times. The Dog star, Sirius was so bright, that people thought it gave off heat. During the dog days, the dog constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, rise and set with the sun in the northern hemisphere.
Take advantage of the balmy summer nights and head outside with your child to gaze at the sky and take in the magic of it all. It’s a memory the two of you will cherish forever.
Today our planet is at the distant end--a point astronomers call "aphelion." This puts us farther from the Sun than we are at any other time of year. Visit a local planetarium to learn more about our solar system. Find one near you in this Planetarium Directory . Afterwards, take a blanket out on the lawn, and enjoy some stargazing. It's heavenly!
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