Bring the beauty of the night sky indoors with this fun and enthralling DIY constellation light! It’s a great way to encourage kids to explore the stars and fuel their fascination with space. Plus you can have them trace their favorite star patterns from our Constellation Dot2Dot Printable, then play a game of “spot the constellation” once the light is set up in a dark room.
- Glass jar
- Aluminum foil
- Little Passports Constellation Dot2Dot Printable
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Safety pin
- LED tea light
How to Make a Constellation Light
Step one: Measure the jar’s height and circumference. Apply the same measurements to a piece of foil and cut. (Younger kids will need an adult to cut the foil.)
Step two: Pick your favorite constellations from the printable to draw on the foil. After drawing with a pencil, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to poke a hole to mark every point in each constellation. Then use a safety pin to poke small and big holes all over the foil to create a field of stars. If doing this activity with younger children, adults should make the holes.
Step three: Roll the foil into a cylinder and insert into the jar.
Step four: Turn on an LED tea light, place it inside the jar, and close the lid.
Step five: Enjoy in a dark room!
Now kids can stargaze anytime! No need to worry about going outdoors or waiting for clear skies. Set up sleeping bags in a dark living room and enjoy the feeling of camping among the stars with the whole family!