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Activity Sheet: Summer Sun Discs

Did you know that in the Early Bronze Age in Ireland, people made beautiful gold discs that looked like the sun? 

Download and print out our 'Summer Sun Discs' activity sheet to find out more about gold Sun Discs dating to the Bronze Age. Look at the different decoration and motifs that people used to decorate Sun Discs, and create your own. Then, make your own sun dial at home and learn how to use the sun to tell the time. 

When you have completed your Sun Disc, why not send us a picture of it to educationarch@museum.ie or post a photo online through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #MuseumAtHome.

This activity can be used as an at home activity for children and families, or printed off and brought to the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology as part of your visit. It can accompany your visit to the 'Ór - Ireland's Gold' exhibition. Once you have decorated your Sun Disc, why not try and find all the words in our Bronze Age wordsearch

This activity is designed for children aged 7-14 years old and is curriculum linked to the SESE History Curriculum. This can be completed at home, as a family activity, or used by Primary school teachers and students. 

Museum at Home - Summer Sun Discs Activity Sheet 

A special online family workshop about this activity sheet took place on Thurssday 15th July at 3pm and can be viewed below. This includes a short tour about the Bronze Age and some gold artefacts, dating to the Bronze Age, on display at the Museum. It also shows how you can use the activity sheet at home, along with instructions on how to make your own sundial at home. 



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