Constellations for kids can indeed be fun. From reading about famous constellations and their myths to looking at a constellation map there are tons of activities that will bolster your understanding of constellations. We are taking a closer look at star constellations names and identifying constellations in the last part of our learning optics for kids lab.
If you missed the first two parts, you can find it here for Patrons, and here for purchase! In this part, kids will get to make telescopes and turn them to the night sky to track the obliterated asteroid pieces and make sure there aren’t any that pose a risk to humankind.
I hope the images help engage your child in the process, and the constellation maps help everyone when putting in the “stars”, although I certainly know my 2-year-old will be making up many of her own constellations – or potentially eating a huge amount of chocolate stars! We used mini chocolate chips as the stars and colorful sprinkles as connecting lines to help visualize the constellations. Our free download has a bunch of constellation suggestions and super easy to follow directions!
Learning about Constellations
(Aka great talking points for you while you are engaged in the project)
Eighty-Eight: There are 88 common constellations that divide up the skies we see from Earth.
Now you see me: Not all constellations are visible from any one point on Earth. The night sky we see in the northern hemisphere is always different than that we see in the southern hemisphere. In addition, we see different constellations with different seasons as our Earth revolves around the Sun, showing different parts of the sky at night!
Large and in charge: The largest constellation is Hydra, which takes up more than 3% of the night sky! The smallest constellation, Crux, is less than 0.2% of the sky.
Greek mythology, and Greek origins: Many of the constellations have a mythological story to go with them from the ancient Greeks In addition, the word constellation means “set with stars” in Latin!