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Science Projects for Kids: The Incredible Universe

Paint Speck Constellations

Make your own starry sky studded with paint speck constellations. You'll have the chance to be creative with this science project for kids: the incredible universe.

Create paint speck constellations.
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Create your own paint speck constellations.

Constellations are groups of stars in the sky. They are often given names based on their shape.Thousands of years ago, people noticed groups of stars and gave them names based on the shapes they seemed to form.

Pegasus the Horse, Orion the Hunter, and Ursa Minor the Little Bear all got their names this way. Often, different cultures gave the groups their own names. What we call the Big Dipper, the Vikings called the Wagon, the Chinese called the Emperor's Chariot, and the English called a Plow.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Step 1: Spread some newspaper over the floor or over a table. Place a sheet of white paper in the middle of the newspaper.

Step 2: Dip a paintbrush into paint.

Step 3: Hold the brush over the paper, and tap your hand so small paint specks fall on the paper.

Step 4: Think of these as stars, and examine them for patterns or shapes you recognize that could be constellations.

Step 5: When the paint has dried, connect the paint specks with a pencil to form shapes you can recognize.

Step 6: Then paint more detailed pictures of the image. Write names for your constellations.

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