Alphabet Constellations

Explore letters visually with alphabet constellations. Use toilet paper tubes, construction paper, rubber bands, and a pin to make your own alphabet constellations.
DIY Alphabet Constellations
Look into each telescope toward the light and name the letter constellation that you see!
You could also name the letter sound or a word that starts with that letter. 
alphabet constellations
These are so fun to explore with and so easy to make!
alphabet constellations
  • Materials:
  • toilet taper tubes
  • black or dark blue construction paper
  • rubber bands
  • pin
alphabet constellations
Make Your Own:
  1. Tightly wrap the top of each toilet paper tube with a piece of dark or black construction paper (approximately 7″x9″).
  2. Secure the paper with a rubber band.
  3. Use a pin to poke holes in letter formations. Don’t forget that many of the letters will need to be formed backwards so that they are the right way when you look into the telescope.
  4. For older children, write the letter on the paper and let them poke the paper along the lines. (Similar to our Holes in the Alphabet activity.)
  5. Decorate your telescopes.

You could also use this idea to make number constellations, shape constellations, or even counting constellations (less than 10). The possibilities are endless and these are so much fun to make and explore!

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  • Reply Mary Catherine

    I’ve already pinned this, but I had to stop by and tell you how awesome this activity is! I know my son and my preschool kiddos will love making these. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. 🙂

    July 16, 2013 at 3:49 am
    • Reply The Activity Mom

      Thank you! We’ve had so much fun with it. Love that it is made from toilet paper tubes. =)

      July 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Deceptively Educational

    I love this activity and my sons would too. It’s perfect for kids working on letter recognition! I’d love it if you’d link this up to the After School Linky Party on my blog right now (and every Monday): I hope you’ll make the party a regular stop in your weekly blog surfing!

    July 16, 2013 at 4:00 am
    • Reply The Activity Mom

      Thank you! Yes, I’ll head over and link it up. Thanks for the reminder….=)

      July 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Cindy deRosier

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and we would love to feature this project! To do so, we would need a clean photo (no text except a watermark and no borders, etc). If you are interested, please email me at cindy.derosier at Thank you!

    July 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm
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