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Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Draw stars using chalk on the pavement outside or black or dark blue blue construction paper.
Find the moon in the sky. Make a note of its shape: circle, half-circle, crescent or oval? Take a photo or help your child draw the shape. Look again tomorrow night. Is the moon getting bigger or smaller right now?
Explore constellations by reading about them in a book or online. Each constellation has its own name and story. Do you have a favorite? Can you always see the same constellations, or do they change?
Make marshmallow and pretzel stick constellations. Use a star chart to find constellations you might see locally. Then reconstruct them using marshmallows as stars and pretzels as connecting lines. Once you’ve snacked your way to familiarity with the patterns, see if you can find the constellations in the night sky. Refer to the star chart if you need a few hints.
Using a star chart, choose a few favorite constellations. Recreate them by poking holes into thin cardboard in the pattern of the stars. You can use the cardboard from an empty cereal or other food box. Hold your constellation cards up to light to see constellation shine. You can also shine a flashlight through the holes to project the constellations onto a surface. Label your constellations and see if you can find the real ones on a clear night.
Keep a star journal. In a notebook or on a piece of paper, draw a circle to represent the sky. Go outside with your paper when the stars are out. Mark down which direction is north by using a compass or asking an adult. Draw in the buildings and trees you see at the edges of the circle to help you remember which way you were facing. Draw in the stars you can see. Write down the date and time. Later, use an interactive sky chart such as Sky & Telescope’s at https://skyandtelescope.org/interactive-sky-chart/ to go back and label the stars and constellations you saw.