In this astronomy for kids activity, children will use DIY magnetic LED lights to create different constellations on cookie sheets! This star science activity for kids is perfect to do at home or in the classroom.
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Our most recent astronomy activity for kids, recording moon observations in our free printable moon journal, turned out to be such a fun family activity. This newest constellation activity also was super fun to do together!
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Making Constellations Using Magnetic LED Lights
In this astronomy for kids activity, we used our LED throwies to make various constellations on cookie sheets. In the dark they looked just like real stars!
Materials for LED Light Constellations
- 5mm or 10mm clear LED lights (We used these 5mm LEDs.)
- Lithium CR2032 3V coin cell battery
- Strong magnets
- Black electrical tape
- Scotch tape
- Cookie sheet (We used this little cookie sheet.)
- Black construction paper or cardstock
- Books or pictures of different constellations (This is one of our favorite children’s books about the night sky.)
Directions for Making LED Light Constellations
3. Tilt the bulbs up so they don’t cast light across the cookie sheet and paper.
5. Place the magnetic lights so the bulbs are where the stars would be in the constellation.
6. Take your cookie sheet constellations somewhere dark and observe your constellation!
- Create a constellation and have your friend try to guess which one you made.
- After making your constellation with the lights- use white crayon or white colored pencil to draw the constellation onto the black paper.
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