Join in the Solstice fun with this scarab beetle necklace craft! #HarvardSolstice
Celebrate the #SummerSolstice with the little ones by creating this scarab beetle necklace.
Khepri is a beetle-faced god in ancient Egyptian religion who represents the rising sun of the morning. He was associated with the dung beetle because they both do similar things: roll balls around.
The god rolls the sun through the underworld at night, pushing it over the horizon to make morning and the beetle rolls a ball collected from animal poop to an underground lair where it can safely eat it or use it as a nest in which to lay its young.
The ancients believed that one kind of dung beetle, Scarabaeus sacer, was only male and reproduced without a female. The solo creation of the beetle was like Khepri, who creates himself out of nothing, so the ancient god also represents life and resurrection.
Download and decorate this necklace worn by both male and female Egyptians during the time of the Pharaohs. https://bit.ly/HMSCDownloadableScarabTemplate.
If you want to draw a scarab beetle as a central jewel, check out this 8-minute how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cekzwCIOVV8.
Get more ideas for families like this one in our #HMSCconnects family eNews, distributed on Thursdays: https://bit.ly/signupconnectsfamilies.
Finally, don't forget we have a Virtual #HarvardSolstice Celebration going on today, including musical performances like the 11am performance of Sol y Canto, Latin music for the entire family. Tune into the livestream starting at 10am EST: http://bit.ly/HMSCLivestream.