Glow-in-the-Dark Constellation Cards
Activity DesignerJulie Kirkwood
What You'll Need
- painter's tape - (to attach cards to wall or ceiling)
- book of constellations (or website)
- small paintbrush
How We Did It
First, we gathered our supplies. I purchased a set of glow-in-the-dark paints from our local craft store. We chose small brushes. We recommend cardstock paper over construction paper. Construction paper was too porous and the paint didn't glow as well. You can use any dark-colored cardstock. It doesn't have to be black. We found dark purple did well, too.
Next, we looked through our astronomy book to find our favorite constellations. If you don't have a book, you can easily search websites for examples of constellations.
We used a light-colored crayon to sketch out our constellation, making circles for stars and lines to connect them.
We left the cards out to dry in a sunny location. That way, the glow paint could "charge" while drying.
Finally, they were ready to hang up. My kids chose their bedroom walls, but I think these would be great on the ceiling, too.