Constellation Box

Warning: This activity may be best for ages 4 and up, as the “punching” holes can be difficult and dangerous with a sharp implement.


  • Constellation Map
  • Light plastic or cardboard lid, like that of an oatmeal box, firmly placed atop container
  • pencil or nail
  • Flashlight


  1. Adult shares constellation map with child, encouraging discussion of stars and what the child has seen.
  2. While the lid is firmly placed atop its container, adult punches holes into lid of oatmeal box (for a specific constellation pattern) or child punches holes (for something more random).  Be careful!
  3. Child holds flashlight behind lid, shining light through it onto the ceiling of a darkened room.


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