- Shoeboxes for each child (no lids)
- Aluminum foil
- Masking or duct tape
- Photos of starry nights
- Small flashlights
- Dark location
- Prepare shoeboxes by cutting a hole in the bottom of each one large enough for a hand to fit through. Cover each child's box tightly with a piece of foil and secure it on all four sides with tape. Mark the boxes with the children's names.
- Show the children a variety of night sky photos and pictures. Ask the children to talk about the night sky.
- Let the children make their own "night sky" using the foil-covered boxes.
- Demonstrate how to poke holes in the foil over the opening in the box with a toothpick. Each poke represents a star. Then show them how to put a flashlight inside the box and project their stars in a dark spot.
- Encourage the children to talk about patterns or shapes that they see in their skies, and what they see in the skies that their friends made.