Have you ever stopped and gazed at the stars on a clear dark night? It’s one of my favorite things to do when we have a quiet evening and the conditions cooperate. Between the weather changes and everyone’s schedule, getting outside at the perfect time isn’t always possible. Why not try this easy to print and set up constellation craft and constellation activities. Perfect for space theme for kids!

AWESOME CONSTELLATION ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS!

WHAT ARE CONSTELLATIONS?

Learn a bit about the constellations in the night sky! This constellation craft is a great way to incorporate hands-on learning and simple astronomy.

A constellation is simply a group of stars that forms a recognizable pattern.  Constellations are named from what they form or sometimes they are given the name of a mythological figure.

CONSTELLATIONS YOU MAY SEE:

The Big Dipper 

This is one of the most well known and easiest things in the sky to spot.  It is actually part of a larger constellation, Ursa Major (the Great Bear). 

Once you can find it, you can find the Little Dipper which is also part of a larger constellation, Ursa Minor (the Little Bear).  The Big Dipper is used often to find the North Star, making it useful for directions.  

Orion The Hunter

In mythology, Orion was known as one of the most handsome men.  His constellation can be found facing a bull or chasing the Pleiades sisters in the sky.  He is shown with his large club. Orion’s belt is a string of very bright stars that is very easy to find and well known.  

Leo

Leo is a Zodiac constellation and one of the largest and oldest in the sky. It depicts a lion.  

Lyra

This constellation represents a lyre, a popular musical instrument and goes with the myth of the Greek musician and poet Orpheus. When he was young, Apollo gave Orpheus a golden lyre and taught him to play.  He was known to be able to charm everyone with his music.

In the famous story about the Argonauts crossing the ocean filled with Sirens who sang songs (which enticed the sailors to come to them, thus crashing their ships) it was Orpheus who played his lyre and drowned out even the Sirens with his beautiful music, making the sailors safely get to shore. 

Orpheus was eventually killed by Bacchantes who threw his lyre into the river. Zeus sent an eagle to retrieve the lyre and placed both Orpheus and his lyre into the sky.  

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Cepheus

Cepheus is a large constellation and home to the Garnet Star, one of the largest known stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.  Cepheus was King and husband to Cassiopeia. He tried to save his wife and kingdom after Cassiopeia started trouble with her vanity.  Zeus placed him in the sky after his death because he was descendant of one of Zeus’s great loves.  

Cassiopeia

This constellation is easy to spot due to it’s ‘W’ shape.  It is named after Cassiopeia, a queen in Greek mythology who was married to Cepheus, which is a neighboring constellation. 

Cassiopeia was vain and boastful causing a sea monster to come to the coast of their kingdom. The only way to stop it was to sacrifice their daughter.  Luckily she was saved by the Greek hero Perseus and later they got married.  

FREE PRINTABLE CONSTELLATION CARDS

Download and print out your free constellation cards, containing all of the constellations mentioned above.  These constellation cards are a simple tool to use in many activities.  Kids will be so busy playing, that they forget how much they are learning.

In this pack, you will receive 6 constellation cards: 

  1. The Big Dipper 
  2. Orion the Hunter
  3. Leo
  4. Lyra
  5. Cepheus
  6. Cassiopeia

CONSTELLATION CRAFT

Making your constellation flashcards is super easy, but we have some extra star activities for you to try out too. Some of these materials are optional depending on what activities you want to try!

YOU WILL NEED:

MAKE YOUR CONSTELLATION CARDS

1: Download the printable constellation cards and print them out! Click here to get the download.

2: You can choose to glue or tape each card to a heavyweight piece of black paper for durability. Alternatively, you can have each card laminated.

3: Explore the stars with the one or more of the constellation activities listed below.

CONSTELLATION ACTIVITIES

1. Matching Constellations 

Print off two sets of the constellation cards.  I pasted ours on cardstock to make them a bit more durable.  Take turns flipping two over to try to get a match. You can also laminate them!

2.  Make Your Own Constellation  

On large index cards or paper, draw a constellation card and use star stickers to recreate the constellation.  

3. Constellation Art

Cut sponges into star shapes.  On a piece of black construction paper, dip the sponge into the paint and stamp the constellation onto the paper.  Then, dip a paintbrush into paint and splatter to create the smaller stars that surround the large stars of the constellation.  

4. Find The Constellation

Head outside on a clear night and try to find as many of the constellations as you can. 

5. Create An Indoor Night Sky

Using a hole punch, punch out the stars on the constellation cards.  Hold them up to a flashlight and shine the light through the holes. The constellation should appear on the wall.  Have people guess what constellation you are projecting.  

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6. Make Constellation Lacing Cards

Print the large individual constellation cards onto cardstock.  Using yarn and a child-safe needle, weave the yarn through the cards to connect the stars to show the constellation.  

Go ahead and use these constellation activities as inspiration for fun ways to use your constellation cards!

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8 Comments

  1. Hi I downloaded the CONSTELLATION CARDS and it sent me the moon theme stem. Is there a way I can get the correct thing please.

  2. i also have same problem.I downloaded the Constellation Cards, but it sent me the moon theme stem.

    If constellation cards are still available for free of charge, can you help me get the correct one?

    * For some reasons, my email sent to your email account was not delivered. So, i put my request here.

  3. Hi I downloaded the CONSTELLATION CARDS and it sent me the moon theme stem. Is there a way I can get the correct thing please

  4. i would love to download the free constellation cards but the link is not working. thanks

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