Kid Crafts for the Solar Eclipse!
This craft is a fun way to easily teach young kids the concept of what is happening in the sky during an eclipse. They can help cut out the shapes and even decorate the sun and moon with faces. As the eclipse makes its way across the sky, use the eclipse tracker to chart its path and build the excitement!
1 piece each of black, white, and yellow construction paper
1 brad pin
Cut out a circle by tracing around the mouth of the mug using the white paper for the moon and the yellow paper for the sun.
Cut out 2 ruler-sized rectangles from the black paper.
Tape the circles to the tops of the rectangles.
Place the cutouts directly on top of each other, the moon on top of the sun, and connect them at the bottom using the brad pin.
The moon piece should now be able to slide freely from side to side on top of the sun piece, mimicking the moon's path across the sun!
The Box Pinhole Projector craft is a fun and unique way to safely view the passing eclipse. The most fun part of this craft for the kids might be decorating the box. Before completing the craft, get out the markers, crayons, and glitter and let the kids' creative sides flow as they decorate the most out-of-this-world box they can imagine!
A long cardboard box
Pin or thumbtack
Box cutter or sharp knife
Sheet of white paper
Prep your box: A longer box provides a better projection. Prep the box by securely closing and taping the top and all sides with duct tape. Leave the bottom flaps of the box open and tape them together to make the box deeper. Place the box over your head to check for incoming light – tape any area permitting light with tape.
Cut a rectangular hole toward the top at one end of the box using the box cutters or sharp knife. *PARENT ONLY STEP
Using the scissors, cut out a piece of aluminum foil slightly larger than the rectangular hole in the box, making sure the foil is completely flat and not crinkled.
Tape the foil over the rectangular hole in the box.
Use the pin to poke a tiny hole in the center of the foil.
Tape the white sheet of paper inside of the box on the opposite end.
To view the eclipse: Stand with your back toward the Sun. Place the box over your head with the pinhole toward the Sun. Adjust your position until you see a small projection of the eclipsed Sun on the paper inside the box. Enjoy the show!
You can also check out our KUED 7 program covering the eclipse!
Airing: Monday Aug. 21, 8PM and Wednesday Aug. 23, 9PM.
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