Here is a fun activity for children of all ages. Gather some toothpicks, marshmallows, a picture of the constellations and have children make models. Here they made models of the winter skies.
An open invitation to create different stars.
The children problem solved as they did the project. Some models needed shorter toothpicks, therefore, they had to work together to get them sized, which was done with scissors.
This was simply a very fun activity for my son and other children in the daycare. This allowed them to learn about the constellation the placement of the stars depending on the seasons.
A set of their star groupings: Cephus the King, Ursa Minor (Little Bear / Little Dipper), Lynx the Cat, Pisces the Fish, and Leo the Lion.
This is the book we used. I loved that they learn that sailors and people of old used the night skies as a roadmap to their destinations.
It contains information on all the stars from Spring to Winter. This is what the summer skies look like.
I would highly recommend this book to all daycare providers and early childhood educators. Even if the information is too abstract for the children they will greatly have an appreciation for the stars and night skies – Miss Sue
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