Oh, the constellations have never been more fun or easy to remember. Until studying them with the kids, I think I could identify the Big Dipper, and that was about it.
After reading some great books on finding the constellations and understanding how important they were for navigation, we had to make our own star maps. We used black mounting board and white embroidery floss.
1. The mounting boards (regularly $3.99 at HobLob for a 16"x20" sheet, but are 50% off this week), I cut in two boards in half to make 4 maps (16" x 10").
2. Using google images, Belle and I found and printed constellation charts. Painters tape held them in place so they worked as our templates. We then tried an upholstery needle and an embroidery needle to see what worked best to poke holes where our stars were.
3. Then we were ready to take away the template, and thread our maps.
4. Belle was really good at the threading. She made the Lion and the Big Dipper/Little Dipper. I made Orion and the Herdsman.
Two books we really liked:
Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey (of Curious George fame).
The Big Dipper by Franklin M. Branley
So, what do you think? Cool right?