Make star constellation crafts. It will help your kids learn the night sky. It is like a picture in the sky. The two projects below will help your kids recognize the patterns outside.
Look in your field guide.
Go in a dark room and turn on the flashlight and point it to the wall. See the “stars”?
On the star constellation crafts, write lightly with the pencil the name. This way if you make a lot of them you won’t get confused which one is which.
Instead of using regular star stickers, I have seen glow-in-the-dark foam star stickers. It would be cool to use. To make them glow you need to let them be exposed to the light for a while.
A constellation is a group of recognizable stars. There are officially 88 of them, declared by the International Astronomical Union.
An asterism is a pattern of stars that is not part of the officially 88. They can however be part of a constellation.
Finding the patterns of the stars is like playing a game of “connect-the-dots”.
You will see different star patterns depending which hemisphere you are in.
People used the stars to help them find their way on Earth as well as helping them view the night sky.
In the Northern Hemisphere the Big Dipper is an asterism. It does use some of the stars that are part of Ursa Major. The Big Dipper is also used to help find Polaris, the North Star in Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper.
The unknowns of outer space are exciting. Star constellation crafts help your kids to learn some of these mysteries.