Are you looking for solar eclipse projects for young children? I’m sharing ideas we used during the Great American Solar Eclipse that occurred in 2017; however, these activities are timeless and can be used to celebrate a solar eclipse no matter what the year is!
Let’s rewind to the months leading up to this once in a lifetime event across the United States!
Hands up if you’re excited about the Great American Solar Eclipse – set to hit us August 2017??? I can’t wait! I realized that the eclipse would take place during the school day so after some good advice from a friend, I started working on a new TPT resource. It is JAM-PACKED with fun things including activities for your kids, 2 different types of viewer instructions, class books, writing prompts and so much more!
You can find it by clicking on the picture below! Aren’t my nieces the cutest models ever???
I even made a video that explains a lot of the activities included and gives you a close up idea of everything you will find in the product – you can go here if you would rather watch a video than read through blah, blah, blah! 🙂
*****UPDATE!!! Due to requests, I just added a resource for 3rd – 6th grade which you can find by clicking the picture below! Some of the activities/crafts that I talk about in the video are included, as well as a research guide and opinion writing prompts!
I’ve been busy getting ready for the party we will have. There are lots of party ideas included in the resource… think snacks, activities, and costumes! My amazing principal just purchased enough glasses for every student to have a pair on the day of the eclipse. It is DANGEROUS to look directly at the eclipse. We are not in the path of totality but we are very close so I think it will be a great experience for everybody.
Don’t worry! – if you don’t have access to the special glasses- I’ve included 2 different versions of DIY viewers with instructions and letters to parents if you need help collecting the supplies. It’s so exciting to build your viewer and then find the sun in it!
I’ve been doing some research and eclipses aren’t as rare as some people think. In fact, somewhere on the earth you could witness an eclipse every 18 months or so… notice I said SOMEWHERE. The actual chance of your city being in the path of totality happens about once every 360 years. So… you don’t want to miss it! I live close to Nashville which is the only major city in the path of the eclipse and I’ve heard that hotel rooms have been booked forever!
There are templates for masks or headbands included along with a really cute “Little Moon” activity to give students a strong understanding of how the eclipse works.
Don’t you just love a cute and SIMPLE craft! Students will adore this one where they will understand the alignment of the sun, earth, and moon during an eclipse.
I hope you find lots of good ideas and enjoy this resource! I created it with preK-2nd or 3rd grade in mind but there are things in there that you could also do with older students. Happy Eclipsing!!!