Last year in our homeschool co-op we studied astronomy. All year I though it would be fun to make homemade constellation viewers, but we never got around to it. When I saw this month’s theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Beyond Our Plant, I knew it was the perfect time to finally make a set of constellation viewers.
This summer we were given a huge stack of books including Constellations: A Glow in the Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki. Its easy to tell when a book has become a favorite of the boys because it’s the one always laying in the middle of the floor! Magoo has not put this book down in weeks. The illustrations are beautiful and incorporate the star patters of the constellations with the stories that give them their names. I love to listen to Bebop read the stories to his younger brothers is his best dramatic voice.
I found a constellation template along with several other starry night projects at The Crafty Crow. The circles printed out much smaller than I expected, but before I could try to adjust the size the boys were already coloring.
We pulled out all the color pencils that reminded us of the night sky. Bebop though dark purple was the best.
At this point, the project rapidly devolved into a what not to do experience! I thought using toilet paper rolls would simplify this project, but as you can see above the template is way too small. I cut out cardboard circles and taped on the template. We used a push pin to poke holes through the cardboard to make the constellations. If we repeat this project, I’ll enlarge the template and print on cardstock.
Despite the engineering issues along the way, our homemade constellation viewers work perfectly!
Bebop was the first to test them out!
Magoo also enjoyed seeing the constellations.
Poor Doodad didn’t understand what we were doing. Apparently these viewers also make great crowns!
For more book based activities, stop by this month’s co-hosts:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool†~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~†Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids†~ Simple Living Mama
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