Daily Activity 6: Constellations of Stars

March 30, 2020

This week’s theme:

Mysterious Places: Stars and The Planets

This week’s colouring sheet:

Download and print this week’s colouring sheet here

Fact of the day:

A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern in the sky when viewed from Earth

Resources list:

Ladle or big spoon; pen; paper; crafty bits & bobs

Activity 1:

There are constellations called Orion (the hunter with a shining belt), Libra ‘the scales’, and The Ladle.

‘Orion: The Hunter’ – have somebody hide some objects in a room; can you hunt them down?

‘Libra: The Scales’ – Can you balance on one leg – how long can you do it for? Can you balance a book on your head and move around the room without dropping it – how far can you get before it falls?

‘The Ladle’ – Can you play a game of ‘This Is Not A Ladle’ with a ladle or big spoon as a prop. This is not a ladle, it’s a microphone! This is not a ladle it’s an oar to paddle my boat to India.

Activity 2:

The pattern that stars form may take the shape of an animal, a mythological creature, a person, or an object such as a microscope, a compass, or a crown. Draw some dots for ‘stars’ on a page, connect them together with pen lines – what animal/person/creature/object do you think the shape you’ve created looks like? What would you name your newly discovered constellation?

Activity 3:

This time use other objects; use cotton wool balls, raisins, popcorn, blue-tac,  smarties, marbles, beads, pompoms for stars, and connect them with shoe laces, ribbon, wool, string, straws. Why not take a photo of your constellation and share it with us? You can share it on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Add-on Activity:

When it gets dark, take a look out of the window and see how many night stars you can see. Look at the stars live from different planetariums from around the world here. Watch a film about stars that can be seen at this time of year here.