Let’s make our own constellations with this marshmallow constellations craft! This is a fun activity that will strengthen fine motor skills and teach children about outer space. This STEM challenge is a great way to introduce different constellations. Add it to your space theme lesson plan.
What is a Constellation?
A constellation is a group of starts that forms a recognizable pattern or design.
- mini marshmallows
- printable constellation cards (bottom of the post)
Each constellation in this printable pack represents a zodiac sign. Learn to recognize these common constellations by working on these constellation crafts.
- big dipper – little dipper
After you try these crafts, have your little stargazers look for the real constellation. Can you find the North Star? What about Orion’s Belt?
Download the Marshmallow Constellations Craft Pages
More Constellation Activities for Kids
Replace the toothpicks with pretzel sticks and extra marshmallows to make edible constellations.
Use the cards and draw the constellations on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
Draw the constellations on black paper with a white crayon.
Use star stickers on black construction paper like they did at Little Bins for Little Hands.
Older Kids will have fun making Constellation Geoboards like they did at Babble Dabble Do. This DIY constellation project uses a cork board, pins, and rubber bands.
Constellation Sewing Cards are a cool idea from Kids Activities Blog.
How We Learn made really cool constellation coasters from felt and white paint. What a fun way to remember the designs of each constellation.
Here’s another free Stargazing resource for kids that your scientist will love! It includes facts about constellations too.
Younger children will have fun making their own Letter Constellations too! There’s no better way to learn about letters than to form them yourself!
Children’s Books about Constellations
Here are 5 books about constellations and the sky at night for kids that we’d recommend. (Amazon affiliate links)
Night Sky by Meredith Hamilton and Michael Driscoll
50 Things to See with a Telescope by John A Read
Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton
Glow-in-the-Dark-Constellations by C.E. Thompson
Astronomers and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers