In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to use a compass or template to draw 3-inch diameter circles on the black construction paper and cut them out.
Ask the children to choose a constellation you have posted and draw it on a black paper circle, using toothpicks to make tiny dots, for the stars, using the phosphorescent paint. (Optional: Have children mark each star with a pencil and then poke the pencil through each dot to make a small puncture.)
Let the paint dry. Then, slip the circles into the slits you have cut into the tubes, to make "telescopes." Have children use chalk pencils to write the constellation's name on the back of each disk.
Lead a discussion with these questions:
This activity will hold the attention of some, but may be too complicated for or tax the fine motor skills of others. Cut some circles to offer children, as needed. You may wish to paint a few constellation disks, as well. Consider providing books about constellations for children to browse (see Find Out More).
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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