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Learning the Constellations

Learning the constellations-01


  • Book on constellations 
  • Black construction paper
  • Hole punch 
  • White yarn
  • White chalk, optional


What to do

1. Trace a constellation on the black paper. Punch out holes where the major constellations are.

2. On the back of the paper, label the holes to match the pattern of the constellation using numbers or the alphabet. If desired, connect the stars of the constellations with white chalk.

3. Using a long piece of white yarn with a knotted end, let the child lace or sew, starting with the first letter or number until the design is complete.

4. Some easy constellations you can try are the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, Big Dipper and Little Dipper, or even Pegasus and Draco the Dragon.

5. During story time, read Greek or Native American myths about these constellation creatures.


-Teresa Jarmuz, Lancaster, NY

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Outer Space
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Large Group

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