Help Build Science Skills: Stargazer

Stargazing is a great learning experience for the whole family. After you're done setting up, gather everyone together for a "screening session." When you become pros at the indoor screening, move outdoors and try to find the constellations you just observed.

What this activity will develop:
Science skills

What you'll need:
• Oats box or other snack canister
• Scissors or knife
• Thin pieces of cardboard
• Pencil
• Nail
• Flashlight
• Tape
• Black construction paper
• Marker

Setting up:
Cut out the bottom of the oats box.

Cut pieces of cardboard that are bigger than the bottom of the oats box.

Find some drawings of constellations, such as the Little Dipper and Leo, in an encyclopedia and copy them in pencil on the pieces of cardboard.

Punch out the constellation patterns with the nail. Make bigger holes for bigger stars.

Write the name of the constellation on each cardboard piece. These pieces of cardboard will act similar to slides, and the flashlight will be your projector.

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