Constellation Scope

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In this activity, young learners explore the basic shapes of constellations by making their own scope out of a cardboard tube and paper with pinpricks. Once constructed, learners hold the scope to a light source to see the constellation pattern coming through holes in the paper. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, print out constellation patterns, and a short explanation of the science behind the activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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  • Free access



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