We found this beautiful book about the story of the Northern Lights at the library recently. It is beautifully written and illustrated by Mindy Dwyer. After reading it L had a lot of questions about what exactly the Northern Lights are.
I found this little story on the Internet about the Aurora Borealis and Australis that L could read herself. We also looked at several pictures on the Internet and watched this wonderful video.
Then it was time to do some hands on.
We covered out sheets of water color paper with dark blue watercolour paint. Once it was dry we used black paint to do our silhouettes of the trees, mountains and a little cabin. We also added a bit of white for snow.
Once the paint had dried we drew dark thick lines across the sky with different colored chalk and then blended them by wiping a paper towel across them.
Here are the finished products. L's is on the top and Mommy's is the bottom one.
They ended up being quite effective and L proclaimed "They look just like in the book!"