Enjoy creating famous constellations like Draco, Ursa Major (with the big dipper inside him), Andromeda, and Canis Major by “connecting the stars.”
For a real hands-on project, print these constellation templates that guide kids to create creatures and characters from the night sky. We often use clay with small doll rods, but at home or school, you can also use toothpicks with marshmallows, play dough, or grapes as the stars!
Even preschoolers will be able to enjoy the constellations by placing star stickers on the king (Cepheus) and queen (Cassiopeia) of the celestial lights. Print these out, buy some star stickers, and you are ready to create!
Use these handouts to do a scavenger hunt with the appendix in The Hunter, the Bear, and the Seventh Sister. They could also be used to spark interest at the beginning of an astronomy unit or to do an internet search to find the constellation names from the images.