Looking for simple ways to add some hands-on fun while you study space science with your kids? You’re in the right place! I’m sharing a quick and easy telescope craft you’re going to love!
The best part is that it’s a fun way to become familiar with constellations and practice looking for them in the night sky.
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We’ve spent the last several months studying space science through The Good and The Beautiful and it’s been a great experience for us.
My kids and I have loved this unit for a couple of reasons. One of those reasons involves Jeanne Bendick’s Along Came Galileo, the main reading suggestion that accompanies the unit. This biography explores Galileo’s early years, personal life, and career, but also highlights the curiosities, experiments, and his groundbreaking contributions to science, math, and physics.
This book has been a fantastic read aloud for us and has shown us just how ahead of his time Galileo actually was. In particular, we’ve been fascinated by his invention of the telescope and the new world of discoveries it sparked. That’s where this telescope craft comes into the picture!
Speaking of the telescope craft, that’s the other reason this space science unit has been such a good fit for us. It’s been a great combination of reading, notebooking, and hands-on learning opportunities like the telescope craft I’m sharing here today.
Easy Telescope Craft for Kids
Here are the supplies you’ll need to gather for your telescope craft:
- Black tissue paper
- Rubber bands
- Paper towel tube
- Craft paint and paintbrush (optional)
- Markers and stickers (optional)
Step 1 – Decorate Roll
The first step is to decorate the paper towel roll. You can use paint and markers like we did, but stickers and colored masking tape work well too.
Also, my daughter wanted a bright and colorful telescope, but you can also paint it black, gray, or another solid color to make it resemble a real telescope a bit more.
Step 2 – Prepare Tissue Paper
The next step is to prepare the tissue paper by cutting it into squares. The size doesn’t matter too much, but I recommend making them around 5 x 5 so you have plenty of paper to work with when you secure them to the roll.
When the paper towel tube is dry from step 1, secure a tissue paper square to one end of the tube using a rubber band.
Step 3 – Create Constellations
Once the first tissue paper square is secure, choose some constellations to create. We used our Nature Anatomy book and our Constellation Wheel for inspiration, but you can use any space resources you have on hand.
After choosing a few constellations, work with your kiddo to create the star pattern by poking holes in the tissue paper with a toothpick.
When you finish the constellation, point your telescope toward a light source and take a look.
That’s the basic idea. Repeat the process as much as desired by removing the tissue paper and creating new constellations.
If you’re looking for more ideas to explore space in your homeschool, I encourage you to check out this online unit study about stars, our solar system art project and our favorite books about the moon. 🙂
Nature Book Club Monthly Linkup
We’re having lots of fun getting familiar with constellations using our telescope craft, but we’re also excited to take a look at the other book-inspired ideas happening through The Nature Book Club. Let’s take a look:
- Stargazing with Children by Thaleia at Something 2 Offer
- The Rocket That Flew to Mars Online Book Club by Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate
- Along Came Galileo Easy Telescope Craft by Emily at TableLifeBlog (That’s me!)
- If You Decide to Go to the Moon Phases Activity by Karyn at Teach Beside Me
- The Night Sky Events for Spring 2019 by Eva Varga at EvaVarga
- Follow the Drinking Gourd Free Unit Study Resources by Jenny at Faith & Good Works
February Theme: Sky & Space
Nature Book Club is a monthly linkup beginning on the 20th day of each month.
It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature. There is a theme for each month and we welcome your nature book and activity related links!
- Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up.
- The link up party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 20th of each month and stays open until 11:59 p.m. EST on the last day of the month. Hurry to add your links!
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- By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature your posts.That’s it!
Also, be sure to follow the #NatureBookClub hashtag on your favorite social media platform. That’s a great way to connect and check out these projects while they’re in progress!
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