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May 23, 2011

Constellation Cans Craft

Constellation Cans Craft

 Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth...

  • One Pringles can per child
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Small bright flashlight that will fit in the Pringles can
  • Large pin such as used for corsage.
  • Paper to cover can.
  • Optional decorations such as glow in the dark stickers

Cover the outside of a Pringles can with paper and decorate as desired.  The children can write Bible verses or glue on a printed verse. Trace the plastic lid and cut out the circle from the black construction paper.  Glue it to the inside of the plastic lid of the Pringles can.  Using a star map, select a constellation and cut it out.  Tape it to the top of the plastic lid for a pattern.  Poke holes through the plastic lid and black paper at the position of each star.  Turn the flashlight on and place it in the can so the light shines through the holes when the lid is placed on the can.  Darken the room and hold the can so the stars shine on the wall or ceiling.  Let each child make a different constellation so the children can take turns sharing their results.

(You can paint the plastic lids with black paint ahead of time instead of using the construction paper.)

Here is a source for a star map.