Bring the Stars Inside

December 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm Leave a comment

The colder weather is here and the street lights come on earlier and earlier each evening, but the kids STILL want to play.

Here is a fun, easy, and educational (don’t tell them that part) activity that is perfect for this occasion.

Materials:
Flashlight
Construction paper
Tape
Push pen, paper clip, or anything small to poke a hole

Activity:

1. Pick a constellation to draw. This provides an opportunity for children to learn how to online research (with parent supervision). Star map is a good key word to start. OR you can visit http://www.kidscosmos.org/kid-stuff/star-maps.html to find constellations by the month OR http://space.about.com/library/graphics/constellation_patterns.jpg.
2. Trace the light end of the flashlight to know how big your constellation can be.
3. Trace or print the constellation.
4. Use your hole poking device to indicate the star locations (careful of the table surface).
5. Cut your constellation paper about ½ in wider than traced flashlight end.
6. Have parents help tape around flashlight.
7. Sit on the bed with the lights and observe your constellation
8. Repeat as many times to create your own bedroom planetarium.

Science in the Sky
This activity provides a great opportunity to talk about astronomy, astrology, and even aerospace engineering (working for NASA). Constellations refer to visible stars which create an image, remember to remind your child(ren) that they have to use their imagination to see the constellation picture.

For more Science in the Sky fun stop by Girlstart’s Starry Science Family Extravaganza tomorrow, Saturday December 5th from 11am-1pm at Cook Elementary School. For more information visit www.girlstart.org. The Saturday weather forecast looks great, so we will see you there!

~Katelyn

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