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Science Projects for Kids: The Incredible Universe

Star Theater

You'll be the star when you learn the shapes of some constellations and put on a show for the family with this star theater!

Turn constellation punch-outs into a star theater.
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Turn constellation punch-outs into a star theater.

What You'll Need:

  • Empty steel cans (such as soup or coffee cans)
  • Pliers
  • Tracing paper
  • Book of constellations
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Thin finishing nail
  • Flashlight
  • Black cloth (optional)

Step 1: Clean the cans, and use pliers to flatten any sharp points.

Step 2: Lay the end of the can on the tracing paper, and draw circles with a pencil.

Step 3: Lay the marked tracing paper on a picture of a constellation in a book, and trace a constellation inside of each circle, using dots to represent stars. If a constellation won't fit in the circle, you can try drawing it free hand.

Step 4: Cut out the circles, and use a pin to poke a hole where each star is marked.

Step 5: Turn each circle over so the constellation is backward, and tape one to the closed end of the steel can.

Step 6: Use a hammer and a thin finishing nail to punch a hole through each pin hole. (Always be careful when using a hammer!) Remove the paper.

Step 7: Write the name of each constellation on a piece of masking tape, and attach each piece of masking tape to the can it represents. This is so you can remember which constellation is which.

Step 8: Shine a flashlight into the open end of the can to shine the constellation on the ceiling. You can shroud the open end of the can in black cloth to shut out excess light when you put on a star show for your family.

Have you ever wondered how big the solar system is? Go to the next page of science projects for kids: the incredible universe to find out by making a scale model with peas, fruits and nuts.

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