We’re going to help each kid make a “telescope” out of construction paper and point it at pictures of the planets, to see how they’re different. After we talk about the planets a while, we’ll tape a piece of black paper with pinholes to the end of the telescope and look through it at a light — to see “the stars.” It’s an easy craft to make, and I hope it will be a fun way to introduce these little ones to the planets and put the stars within their reach. (Even if they’re not allowed to stay up late enough to see the real ones!)
I can post instructions and a debrief afterwards — but now, I’ve got to run — Widget and I have a date to teach Bear’s class about the planets and the stars, and I am SO HAPPY.
The idea for this craft came from Marissa, at Our Daylight Adventures, who did the toilet paper telescope craft with her son for Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair last April. The Virtual Science Fair was such an amazing gift — I read through all the projects again last week, and I still can’t believe it. I wanted to go through and leave comments everywhere, since I was too sick to do it April 7 after my surgery (though I read and loved them all!), but who checks comments on year-old posts?