My 7 year old niece has always been interested in astronomy. Ever since she was a toddler she has been calling me and my husband with questions about the universe, the stars, sun and planets. Let’s just say it’s a good thing we have the internet at our fingertips! I’ve found that the best way to educate our little ones about scientific processes, to answer their questions or to highlight what they learn at school, is to find relevant arts and crafts projects we can do at home.
Floracraft makes a solar system kit that you can make at home with the kids to demonstrate the basic ideas of how the solar system functions.
These marbled planet paintings would make an awesome wall hanging in the kids play room or bedroom. Painting in the marbled effect will allow you to discuss what planets are made up of.
Marbled Planets Art – I Heart Crafty Things
These Constellation Geoboards are perfect for a unit on astronomy and for a clear night of stargazing.
Constellation Geoboards – Babble Dabble Do
This next hands on project will allow you to discuss the geological history of the moon.
How did the moon get its craters? – Gift of Curiosity
Another activity to incorporate in a discussion about constellations.
All About Constellations – Math Geek Mama
Moon Dough is a great way for younger children to engage with astronomy through sensory experience.
Moon dough – Learn Play Imagine