Love looking at the stars? Make constellations for kids come alive with cards that teach them all about the starry sky.
Constellations for Kids
Chances are that your kids have asked you once or twice which stars make up which constellations. If you weren’t sure, don’t feel bad. Most of us are a little fuzzy when it comes to astronomy!
Thankfully, these printable constellation cards for kids are a great way to teach your kids (and refresh your knowledge) about the stars that make up our night sky.
Grab your copy of the constellation cards below!
Your mini-astronomers will love our Constellation for Kids cards that feature a few of the many constellations in the Milky Way!
The star cards feature constellations for kids and are labeled with their respective constellations.
Whether you are a classroom science teacher teaching a lesson on astronomy or a homeschool parent looking for astronomy activities for a space unit study, the cards make a perfect extension activity.
No matter how you look at it, the constellation cards will be of great help in finding the real constellations in the sky at night!
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 is a Zodiac constellation and one of the largest and oldest in the sky. It depicts a lion.
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.
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 a descendent of one of Zeus’s great loves.
This constellation is easy to spot due to its ‘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.
How to Use the Constellation Cards as Activities
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.
On large index cards or paper, draw a card and use star stickers to recreate the constellation.
Cut sponges into star shapes. On a piece of black construction paper, dip the sponge into glow in the dark 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.
Head outside on a clear night and try to find as many of the constellations as you can on your stargazing night.
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.
Print the large individual cards onto cardstock. Using yarn and a child-safe needle, weave the yarn through the cards to connect the stars to show the constellation.
Constellations for Kids
The constellations all have their own stories to tell and your kids will be enthralled with the Greek mythology that unfolds with each constellation. Whether you are using the cards to stargaze, create your own indoor night sky, or having an arts and crafts day, they are great tools to use for mini astronomy lessons for kids.
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Sunday 4th of October 2020
I am trying to find this constellation freebie. I have circled through the freebies and the constellation page and the printable is not showing. Can you please help me?