Monkey is obsessed with all science experiments for kids which includes astronomy. The flashlight constellations were a fun way to learn about the summer night sky even with all the rain we’ve been having lately! It’s a fun way to bring no-prep STEM challenges home or into the classroom!
Now that school is out for the summer, we’re focusing on how to bring learning home in a fun way, so we don’t have to deal with the dreaded summer slide next fall!
DIY Flashlight Constellations
Use this simple guide to learn how to make your own flashlight constellations!
- Non LED flashlight
- Nail or small hole punch (like this one)
- Black cardstock paper
- Summer constellation outlines (we used the same ones that we used when we made summer marshmallow constellations)
- Black cardstock paper
- Black acrylic paint (optional)
How to Make Flashlight Constellations
Cut circles from cardstock paper that are the same size as your flashlight opening. Draw a dot with a permanent marker onto the paper circles to represent each star in the constellation. Label each constellation.
Punch a hole in each dot on the paper. A hole punch is preferable to a needle or nail because the paper can block the holes it if is not completely removed.
Open the flashlight and take out the silver reflector (if you can’t take it out, paint it black with acrylic paint).
This step is the most important. For some reason, if you leave the reflector in the flashlight the constellations will not show up unless the light is nearly touching the wall.
We tried with an LED flashlight, and because we couldn’t remove the reflector, the constellations were not as clear as they would have been otherwise.
Close the flashlight back up and place a constellation circle over the flashlight. Shine the flashlight onto the wall in a dark room to reveal your summer night sky!
My kids had tons of fun playing with these flashlight constellations. They liked that they were able to play in the dark and see the night sky in the day.
More Easy STEM Activity Ideas
This activity is one of our favorite technology activities for kids!
You’ll also want to check out the ultimate list of summer STEM activities and the ultimate list of summer science experiments.
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