To go with our lesson on stars and galaxies we tried making this constellation ‘box’. I originally saw the idea here, they used those Quaker Oats containers available in the US. We don’t have those here and the closest I could come up with was a Pringles can. We cut a hole in the bottom of the can and taped a flashlight to it.
I used a craft knife to cut the middle out of the lid so that we were left with just the rim. We cut some circles out of black construction paper to fit. We poked holes in the paper using a bamboo skewer. The paper circle fits over the end of the can and the lid fits on top to hold it in place. Then, find a dark wall (inside a closet works well!) and turn the flashlight on. The idea is to reflect the ‘constellation’ onto the wall. This is supposed to be Orion.
Didn’t work so well for us, but it was fun to try. We couldn’t get a clean image, not sure if it was the flashlight we used or what was causing it. We tried different angles, putting black paper inside to reduce the reflection, etc. I was going to have them cover the Pringles can in something a little nicer like the link above, but ultimately we didn’t bother since it wasn’t working so well anyway.
We might have to try some other fun constellation activities to make up for it! We’ve actually finished with astronomy and have moved on to the first Apologia Zoology book, but I still have some blog posts coming and some astronomy wrap-up activities to do.