Stick and Stone Constellations

Check out this simple way to make constellations with natural loose parts. Add this to your list of outdoor activities!

A simple constellation activity with sticks and stones. This activity builds constellation knowledge as kids explore with loose parts. Add this to your list of outdoor activities for kids!

During our most recent visit to the beach, I watched my boys play with treasures they found on the shore. With a little help from their imaginations, a stack of rocks became a home for bugs and a stick became a sword.

A simple constellation activity with sticks and stones. This activity builds constellation knowledge as kids explore with loose parts. Add this to your list of outdoor activities for kids!
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These beautiful loose parts provided hours of entertainment for the whole family. I played alongside my children and got hit with inspiration! My boys are currently very interested in the night sky. We have been talking all about the moon, stars, and planets. As I moved around the sticks and stones, I noticed the formations resembled constellations. I showed my four year old this discovery and he thought it was so fun!

Supplies

•Sticks

•Stones

Star Stickers

The Activity

The next day, we searched for sticks and stones in our backyard. My boys helped me add star stickers to the stones. I think stones are beautiful on their own, but the addition of the gold stickers made them fun and inviting to play with for this activity!

A simple constellation activity with sticks and stones. This activity builds constellation knowledge as kids explore with loose parts. Add this to your list of outdoor activities for kids!

Next, we looked at different constellations in our Night Watch book. We checked out the constellations that are viewable in the wintertime and tried to make a couple of them.

My boys had the most fun making up their own constellations and giving them interesting names. This incredibly simple invitation to create was a huge hit with my kids and the sticks and stones made a great addition to our loose parts collection!

A simple constellation activity with sticks and stones. This activity builds constellation knowledge as kids explore with loose parts. Add this to your list of outdoor activities for kids!

I hope you and your little nature lover enjoy this activity!

∼Tara

Looking for more fun stone activities? Check out Four Ways to Use Stones in the Classroom!

2 thoughts on “Stick and Stone Constellations

  1. I love this idea! I’m thinking my 2 year old is a bit young to understand constellations .. but hoping to be making some stone constellations with him in the future! 😉

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