There’s nothing like looking up at the sky on a warm summer night. It’s so much fun to stare at the stars looking for Orion’s Belt, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper or the Great Bear. The constellations are nature’s artwork.
You can create a beautiful inside sky with this 3-D space ball craft. Have each student decorate the pattern. Then flip the paper over and color a design on the back, too.
Show your students how to cut a circle using short scissor cuts and turning the paper as they cut. After they have folded the circle into fourths, remind them to carefully cut each arc without cutting through the opposite folded side.
Punch a hole in each space ball. Tie thread through each hole and hang them from the ceiling.
Summer is a great time to look up at the night sky. If you live away from the city lights, like I do, you can see an amazing amount of stars. I like to find the Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt. This craft uses the classic 5-point star shape.
Click the photo below to view or print the pattern and instructions for this craft.
Craft Materials: Star pattern, markers or crayons, scissors, glue, string
Growing up in the Midwest gave me an appreciation for blue skies in the summertime. When I was a kid, laying on my back and watching the clouds drift and shift to form pictures of people, animals, and imaginary creatures was something I could do for hours on end. Often times my sister would lay on the grass next to me. I’d point at a cloud and say, “Look at that dragon.” And she’d reply, “I like the cute bear cub riding on the dragon’s back. He’s waving at me.” Then I’d say, “That cub better hold on to the dragon so he doesn’t fall. There’s a dangerous lion right below them.” She’d shudder, “I’m really worried for the bear!” It was like the sky was creating a movie just for us.
A few weeks ago my sister and I were talking about how we used to love looking up at the sky. My sister not only remembered our cloud stories, she also recalled a time when our neighbor, who was a year younger than my sister, decided to look up at the clouds with us. Apparently this girl listened to our cloud talk for a few minutes, started to cry, and ran to our house to tell on us. Soon our dad was looking down at us, hands on his hips, and a stern look on his face. He told us to, “Stop seeing things in the clouds.” It was upsetting our neighbor. We were kids. We wanted to obey our dad, but, come on, how can you stop seeing what is right in front of you?
Now as an adult I look up at the clouds, but hardly ever see anything. Where did my cloud movies go? It’s like I had a magical power, but it’s gone. I was describing this to my son, Jack. “I used to be able to look up at the clouds and see a picture in every cloud formation. Now I can’t see anything but clouds. My imagination is really slipping.” He said, “Yeah it is. I can see something in every cloud.” I was interested, “You can? Tell me what you see.” Jack pointed to three different clouds and said, “Chicken nugget. Chicken nugget. Chicken nugget.” So now I am convinced, it’s not me…the sky doesn’t make movies anymore!
This summer craftivity is called “SUN CATCHER.” Click the blue craft title to get the template and instructions. Jack and I made one of these over ten years ago and I still have it. The flower is now a dull golden-brown color, but it’s still preserved.