How do you educate children about constellations during daylight hours? Here's how! Check out this medallion-shaped pattern with holes to represent each individual star in a constellation. When light shines through the medallion the image of the constellation appears! This can be done indoors using a flashlight. The pattern contains:
- Canis Major (the Dog)
- Ursa Major (The Big Dipper)
- Leo (The Lion)
- Orion (The Hunter)
Find the pattern here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B91cbdesR
Print the pattern on heavy card stock. Cut out.
Using a 1/8 inch circle hole punch with a 2 inch reach (this is important) I punched out each of the dots where a star appears in the sky.
(The reason you need a 2 inch reach punch is so you can punch the holes in the middle of the circles.)
Next is the fun part! Head to a dark room or outside in the sun with your constellation cards and shine a light through them. You get to see what the constellations will look like up in the sky but during the day.