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Pipe Cleaner Constellations

Calling all space lovers!  Whether you enjoy star-gazing on a clear summer night or are in planning mode for an upcoming solar system unit, this hands-on STEM activity will help your kiddos learn about constellations.  Using a few simple manipulatives, your child will enjoy this fun, Pipe Cleaner Constellations activity.

Hands-on activity to learn about constellations using pipe cleaners, beads, and constellation flashcards for an engaging STEM activity! Use to teach preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and more about stars, solar system, astronomy or as a fun, educational science activity

Constellations for Kids

A constellation is a fancy term for a grouping of stars that make up some sort of picture.  They are often named after mythological characters, people, or objects.  Just think of constellations as a giant game of connect the dots! Long before maps and GPS systems, people used the groupings of stars in the sky to help them navigate to where they wanted to go and keep track of the different seasons.  Pretty neat, huh?!

After exploring about constellations for kids through books and websites, allow your kiddos to build a few popular constellations with pipe cleaners and beads!  This pipe cleaner constellations STEM activity is such a simple and fun engineering and science activity the kids will love.  And because it is hands-on and involves critical thinking and many other skills, I am hoping it’ll help your child remember the constellations in the sky for when they are out star-gazing at night.

This is a fun, hands on science activity for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

fun, hands on Constellation Activity for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students

Constellation Activity

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler this is such a cute, clever science project that makes a perfect addition to your astronomy for kids or solar system for kids unit. Hands on learning activities are always a great way to keep kids engaged and help them retain what they’ve learned. This educational activity is great for science centers, summer learning, school at home, summer camps, and more with kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.

use pipe cleaners and star beads for this fun Constellation Activities for Kids

Constellation Activities for Kids

To try this fun, hands on constellation activities you only need a few simple supplies:

Start out by grabbing the constellation flashcards (click link) and scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the constellations flashcards.
Provide your child with several pipe cleaners and beads.  We used some star beads found at the Dollar Store, however, regular pony beads would work, too!
STEM activity for students learning about constellations with a creative Stars Activity

Stars Activity

With the supplies and flashcards ready, build away! We found it easiest for this stars activity to string the correct number of stars onto the pipe cleaner first and then used the flashcard to help guide us in where to bend and how to shape the pipe cleaner.
Of the three, the Ursa Minor was probably the most difficult to put together because we had to add the beads and then bend and twist the pipe cleaner to create the dipper part the correct way. If you choose more difficult constellations to create, provide more pipe cleaners and possibly some scissors to help make the correct shapes.
fun, hands on activity for teaching kids about constellations as part of a Solar System for Kids

Pipe Cleaner Constellations

This fun hands on star activity is a great for kids to begin learning about all the different constellations in our night sky. Hopefully it will spur their natural curiosity to want to look for these constellations the next time your are camping or sitting around the campfire.  And maybe they will be able to tell you what you are looking at!
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Pipe Cleaner Constellations - learn about stars with this STEM activity. This fun, hands on space activity for kids is perfect for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 solar system or astronomy unit in your homeschool or summer learning activity

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Kristina once thought of going into education, but changed her mind a few years in to her degree. Ironically, she now has her hands full as a homeschooling mother of four. With children of various ages from infant to 7, she shares a variety of educational and play activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children on her blog,

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