DIY Constellation Viewer

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There are 88 constellations and this constellation viewer activity is an engaging way to help our children learn the names of some of the more popular ones.

Constellations are simply groups of stars that form patterns in the night sky. Ancient peoples saw these patterns in the stars as representations of their cultures’ stories and myths. Ancient farmers used constellations as a calendar to tell what month it was. This was very useful for planning their planting and harvest. Sailors used their knowledge of constellations to help with navigation.

These patterns in the sky weren’t just useful for ancient peoples. They still serve as guides for modern man. In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined 88 constellations. These constellations help astronomers communicate about the areas of the sky they are studying.


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What are your favorite constellations? At what time of year are they visible? Are they summer constellations or winter constellations?

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DIY Constellation Viewer

Prep Time
5 minutes

Active Time
25 minutes

Total Time
30 minutes



  • Roll of foil
  • Marker that will adhere to the foil
  • Toothpick
  • Constellation cards included in the printable on this post or a star map
  • Rubber band
  • Empty paper towel roll


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