Get ready for the Lyrids Meteor Shower on April 21st and 22nd! This art activity is a great way to introduce astronomy to your students and talk about the significance of the upcoming meteor shower. Lead into a unit on astronomy in science class or continue exploring creative space art with your class!
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Age range: 3-7
• Black card paper
• Photocopy paper
• Pencil crayons or markers
• White paint
• Cotton swabs
Next, fill the R5419 Paint Bellow with the white paint. Now is the time to make your space background pop out with clusters of stars! Hold the paint bellow right above the black card. Your index fingers should be encircling the spout of the bellow. Push down on the back of the bellow to make it release a puff of paint onto the canvas!
Place your rubbing plate design beneath the sheet of paper. Use the side of a crayon to rub over sections of the circles. If you look at reference pictures of planets in our solar system, you’ll see that they’re made up of a variety of different colors due to the natural arrangement of gases in the atmosphere. Create the same effect in your planet illustrations by varying the rubbing plate designs beneath the sheet of paper and alternating different crayon colors.
I hope you enjoyed this fun project in coordination with the upcoming Lyrids Meteor Shower. Send us photos of your work or of any shooting stars if you’re lucky enough to catch one! Contact us through the contact form.