Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Throwing a constellation party.

Any ideas?

Hannah wants to throw a constellation party. I need ideas. Star shaped cookies are, of course, on the list already.

Nothing to do with the moon, this is a "stars only" party, so ideas based on the constellation stories - maybe I should research more deeply different culture's constellation stories - would be ideal. It will be an evening party because star-gazing is mandatory, naturally.

The party could be for only kids her age, but we really want to invite a family or two that we know, so the party-goers would be adults and kids from 1-9 years old.

What have you got for me?

8 comments:

Michael said...

Perhaps giving people pictures of the constellations - just the stars, no lines or anything - and encouraging them to imagine what the constellation is, and draw the lines accordingly? Then compare with a picture of the actual constellation (with lines)? Obviously you'd want to avoid the more obvious ones like Orion or the Big Dipper, which people are more likely to recognise even without the lines.

Beyond that, I think definitely research more about various cultures' stories around the stars and constellations.

Stephanie said...

thinking....

Simpson Home said...

Stars are used to navigate at night. How about some adventures of explorers (or survivors) who used the stars to help find their way. It's cool at night. Star shaped marshmallows in your hot chocolate. Don't forget to sing star songs - "Twinkle twinkle" If you are really into it- make some of your beautiful star shaped beads for a thanks for coming charm. Sounds like lots of fun.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

How about making telescopes? I'm sure if you googled it there would be instructions.
Sounds like fun!

Tuan's Princess said...

Wow - no ideas yet but it sounds like it will be a blast - er bang!

se7en said...

Hi there, I have been following and enjoying your blog for a little bit... and I came through Ordinary Life Magic... Anyway I totally love parties so please let me brainstorm this!!!

We had a science party earlier this year and a desperate last minute cake for one of my kids was a view through a telescope (desperate I know but motherhood can be just that and he was happy!)... scroll down through the post to the cake.

http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/01/17/se7en-steps-to-a-science-party

And here is an activity we did for science: scroll down to the constellation recognition project we did:

http://www.se7en.org.za/2008/11/21/se7en-easy-science-observation-ideas-activities


Otherwise do you have a friend with a telescope to set up that they can look through... My kids grandpa comes over about a couple of times a year with his and sometimes it isn't a good viewing night but they still love looking through the real thing... and what about making telescopes or even better kaleidoscopes - I am sure you can google for easy instructions.

Cindy said...

Some have already mentioned this, but telescopes out of TP or paper towels tubes work great for play time. I used to have some glow in the dark star stickers. If you can find some of those, putting those on black construction paper in constellation designs may work well. I also like the idea of looking for the north star and talking about how many people used to use this to find their way. Have fun!

bioluminescence said...

You can put foil over the end of TP rolls and pokes hole through the foil with a toothpick. Then when you look in the open end it looks like a constellation!