Stellar Pursuits with Edible Constellations

Once Upon a Starry Night: A  Book of ConstellationsWith Daddy being as passionate about astronomy as he is, we couldn’t pass up this constellation book at the library.

There are other books by this author that include Zoo in the Sky which focuses on the animal themed constellations, and The Planet Gods which gives a look at the planets and the mythological gods they were named after. The author writes in an engaging way about the myths behind these celestial objects and I found my young kids engrossed in the stories.

After sharing these books with my girls, I couldn’t wait to let the girls create their own constellations.  I had come across an activity where they used toothpicks and yellow play dough balls.  I tweaked the ingredients to make it a bit- tastier.

Howard had used black construction paper and white chalk to prepare the template of the constellations.  After reviewing the pages and myth behind the constellation the girls created their own.

Stella loved jumping in early and sneaking some marshmallows.  

Here is Mira’s finished Cassiopeia moments before we began “consuming constellations”.After the girls made their constellations using Howard’s guide sheets, we allowed the girls to be creative and make their own unique constellation.  I tried getting them to invent their own background myth for their stellar works of art- but by that time the girls were more interested in ingesting them and not incorporating any legends.

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4 Responses to Stellar Pursuits with Edible Constellations

  1. Pam says:

    I was the OP asking for space Ideas on WTM. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Theresa says:

    That is a great idea! I love that it is educational and there are tasty snacks built right into the activity!

    : 0 ) Theresa

  3. Emmalina says:

    I love this! My son is becoming interested in constellations, this will be a great activity to start things off!

  4. We love constellations, too. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

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