Constellation Art With Rocks and Sidewalk Chalk

Learn about constellations with kids. We have some great astronomy learning resources to share.  For this activity, all you need are some rocks and some sidewalk chalk.

 Constellations With Rocks and Sidewalk Chalk

We like {affiliate link} The 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 with our rocks and chalk.

The Big Dipper

Lyra

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.

This one is Eridanus.

Finally, we decided to get really creative and pretend to be astronomers, discovering new  constellations.

Astronomer Firefly discovered this detailed constellation of a dog.

Astronomer Mommy, inspired, no doubt, by all of the April birthdays in our family, discovered this new constellation, simply titled “Cake”.

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.

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11 Comments

  1. This is such a great plan! I love the sidewalk and rock plan :)

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  2. Wow! So Simple, but I would never have thought of it! LOL This activity is awesome. What a great way to become familiar with the constellations! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I think this ios an awesome idea! So simple, why did I never think of it! Will be trying it out with my girly guides as well as with my son!

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  4. I LOVE this idea! We are finishing up our space unit next week with constilations. This is perfect for it! Thanks for sharing…

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  5. What a fun way to learn! I love the books they created too! Thanks so much for sharing on this week’s Kids Co-Op linky!

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  6. What a wonderful idea! I really love that you also made a book for them to look back on. We will definitely be trying this. Thank you so much for sharing!

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