So, you probably have heard about a little solar eclipse we are going to experience on August 21st. An area 70 miles wide, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total eclipse. Like total darkness for about 2 and a half minutes! Where we are in Ontario, we will have about a 70% eclipse. To learn more about the 2017 Solar Eclipse, check out the link HERE.
In the spirit of keeping the learning going through the summer, I decided to pull together a quick craft and snack to enjoy on the day of the eclipse.
To make a simple Eclipse Craft you will need:
Foam craft sheets
Cut out your shapes for small kids or let older ones cut out their own sun and moon shapes.
Glue your sun and moon pieces together and when they are dry attach to a popsicle stick which acts as a handle.
Now you have a sun and moon which your little one can visually see how an eclipse happens and track changes they see in the sky. They also look good as antenna if that suits your little ones.
Looking directly into the sun, eclipse or not, is still frowned upon.
For viewing, I purchased this EclipSmart by Celestron Solar Shades and Observing Kit (Similar.) I found these for $12.99 at Best Buy and includes 4 solar shades and an eclipse guide book explaining the science of eclipses along with facts safe viewing tips.
So, no looking directly at the sun ok??
The snack couldn’t be more simple. For us we will have a couple “Sun Cakes” which is a vanilla cupcake dipped in yellow sugar. I know they kids will enjoy the treat and it’s allergy safe for us and also, I love cupcakes!
I hope you enjoy viewing the solar eclipse from your area. Fingers crossed for clear skies!
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