Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights

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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Astronomy for Kids: Make constellations using DIY magnetic LED lights- a fun science activity for kids to explore stars and the night sky! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

 

Kids love looking up at the night sky. The stars, moon, and planets always inspire wonder and curiosity. By building off children’s interests in space, you can foster a love of science- especially in astronomy for kids!  This post contains affiliate links.

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!

 

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

 

Safety Note

Neodymium magnets are extremely dangerous if swallowed. If several magnets are swallowed, they could get stuck in the intestine and cause perilous complications. Do NOT use them around young children! Adult supervision is a must during this activity!  Neodymium magnets can also interfere with electronics- keep them away from computers, phones, etc. Be sure to read this safety sheet before doing this activity. 

Coin cell batteries can also be very dangerous is swallowed. Adult supervision is required when doing this activity.

 


 
 

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

 

Directions for Making LED Light Constellations

1. Start by making LED throwies (with clear lights) using the LED lights, batteries, magnets, and black electrical tape. You can see how to make LED throwies in our tutorial.

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2. Cover your cookie sheet with black construction paper. You can tape it on with scotch tape.

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

 

3. Tilt the bulbs up so they don’t cast light across the cookie sheet and paper.

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

 

4. Look at a constellation in a book or online to recreate on your cookie sheet with LED lights. (Here’s one of our favorite astronomy books for kids!)

astronomy book for kids

 

5. Place the magnetic lights so the bulbs are where the stars would be in the constellation.

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

 

6. Take your cookie sheet constellations somewhere dark and observe your constellation!

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!

 

Variations

  • 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.

 

Astronomy for Kids: Make Constellations Using DIY Magnetic LED Lights- a fun science activity for kids!


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