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16 March 2004 1418 GMT
Grap: Make a sundial and go back in time!
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Sundials were used to tell the time before people had watches or clocks

With the sun shining it's the perfect time to make a sun dial.

Follow our easy instructions and find out what life was like before we had watches and clocks!

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Use our templates to make your sundial - you can print them out.
Print the sundial base and the gnomon here.
After you've printed it, close the box

You will need:
A pair of scissors
A compass
Some sellotape
A craft knife
A print-out of the two sundial templates

Place the main sheet on a hard surface and using the craft knife, cut down the line that says 'cut here' (ask an adult to help you).
Using the scissors, carefully cut out the template for the gnomon, the triangle shape.
Once you have done that, fold it along the line.
Now place the gnomon inside the slit of the sundial template. You must make sure the right-angle is at the bottom of the sundial template (see picture).

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