We’re learning about outer space for science this term and lately we’ve been talking a lot about star constellations. Today I’m sharing two super easy, no-prep activities the kids and I did that were fun ways to review some of the constellations we’ve been learning.
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In my post yesterday about our DIY constellation memory game I mentioned that I had bought this great book (above) called Glow In The Dark Constellations: A Field Guide For Young Stargazers. This book features a little over 30 star constellations and gives a full 2-page spread on each one with a little info about the constellation on one page and then a full page illustration with the constellation highlighted in glow-in-the-dark print.
We broke in our new book and used it for these two easy activities.
This first activity wasn’t one that I had planned. My 4 year old son was sitting at the counter playing with a big bowl of little erasers we’ve collected from the Target dollar section over the years and all on his own he started using these little star erasers to try and put constellations together.
He asked for some help, so together we looked at the constellations in the book to make the Little Dipper.
As a side note: he was also wondering, “How do we make the lines between the stars?” and it was a good opportunity to talk about how the constellations are often shown with lines connecting the stars so we can see the picture that we imagine that constellation makes, but that when we look up at the night sky there aren’t really any lines connecting all the stars.
We probably only spent 5-10 minutes on this activity, but he loved it.
Here’s a view of one of the pages at the front of the book that shows the sky from different places and at different seasons.
This next activity was also super fast and easy. We just went out to the driveway and the kids referenced the book to draw these constellations with sidewalk chalk.
Again, we only spent 5-10 minutes on the activity, but it was fun and a great way to get in some science outside before running off to play.
These activities certainly aren’t rocket science (ha! pun intended), but they were super fun!