We are learning about star constellations, using our Usborne Book of Astronomy and Space as a guide. After reading about constellations and looking at some of the internet links in the book, we headed outside to the driveway. A box of rocks and a box of side walk chalk was all we needed to make our own constellations.
First we used the printed cards from Mrs. Home Ec to inspire our rock constellation art. These are actually lacing cards, which is another great activity to do with them.
Then we used the Usborne Astronomy book to get some more constellation ideas.
Finally, we decided to get really creative and pretend to be astronomers, discovering new constellations.
To reinforce what we learned, I photographed the rock constellations, then printed them out and made a little book for each child. I added a few facts about each one, from the Usborne Astronomy book.
At the end of each book I added a few more hand-drawn constellations and some blank pages for the kids to create even more of their own.
We’ll be sure to notice the night sky over the next few weeks, to see if we can spot some of the constellations we learned about.
Check out all of the other fun science experiments and activities we’ve done on our Hands-On Science Page.