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What to do with this activity?

With your child, click on the picture above to watch a short National Geographic video about Newgrange in County Meath. Talk about the video together.

Newgrange was built about 500 years before the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge in England. 

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, the 21st December. Something special happens at Newgrange at the winter solstice. The rising sun exactly lines up with the narrow doorway. On a sunny day, a shaft of sunlight shines right into the inside of the dome.

The Office of Public Works received 30,500 applications from people who wanted to be inside Newgrange at dawn on Winter Solstice 2019. Only a few people fit inside, so places are decided each year by a lottery. See here for information of where to apply for the 2020 draw (from 1st January 2020).


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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