Widget and I are staying up to watch the eclipse. He is NEVER up past 8:30, but tonight is something special. He’s finally big enough to understand (at least a little bit) what an eclipse is, and he’s as excited as I am to view it from his bedroom window!
Here’s an easy way to explain an eclipse to little ones. After dark, ask them to shine a flashlight on the full moon. That simulates the sun’s illumination of the moon. Then run in front of it saying “I’m the earth!” and explain that when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, the light from the sun is blocked, and the moon seems dark, or at least darker than it usually appears.
You can see a full explanation on many sites today, like Science Projects for Kids, but this is how I just explained it to Widget, and he seemed to get it.
At least a little bit.
Enjoy the eclipse tonight!