When teaching your class about astronomy, you can create a few activities to help your students learn about the sun, moon and stars. Activities about the sun, moon and stars can give the students a chance to learn in an enjoyable way. All you need are a few inexpensive supplies from your local craft store and a creative imagination to get started.
Print pictures of the sun, moon and stars. Give a set to each student and have him colour the pictures with markers or crayons. The students can then glue the sun, moon and stars to wood craft sticks. To make the pictures more durable and last longer, laminate each one before the student glues it to the craft stick. Turn this activity into a quiz by asking the students questions about the sun, moon and stars. The children must answer the question by holding up the stick with the correct answer. For example, you could ask, "What is the only world people have actually walked on, except for the Earth?" The children would hold up the moon.
Have the children sit in a circle. Hand one child a sun, one child a moon and one child a star. Ask the children to pass the sun, moon and star around the circle. When you say "Stop," the children holding the sun, moon and star must stand up. Each child must share one thing she knows about the item she's holding. For example, the child holding the sun might say that the sun is very bright. Keep playing until everyone has a turn to share a fact. Turn this activity into a game by awarding a small prize to each child who states a fact correctly.
Dough Art Activities
Give your students yellow, red, blue and grey modelling clay. Have the children use their imagination to shape the clay like the sun, moon and stars. Tell them to use their fingers to create "craters" in the moon, for example. Award prizes to the best and most creative projects. For another clay art activity, give the children sun, moon and star cookie cutters to use to shape the clay. The children can also use self-hardening clay to create the items. These will harden overnight and the children can keep their creations.
Hide glow-in-the-dark suns, moons and stars all over the play area before the students arrive. Give each child a small paper sack and turn out the lights. Tell the children to hunt the glow-in-the-dark items. The player who finds the most items wins the activity. For another activity, give the children glow-in-the-dark markers, colours and paint. The children can create a picture on dark blue or black construction paper. After everyone finishes, turn off the lights to allow them to see their glow-in-the-dark creations.
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