Friday, March 30, 2012

DIY Daytime Constellations

Last week I recreated this Cloud identification tool that I saw on Pinterest and my son has loved it! Almost every day he has been outside trying to identify what clouds are in the sky. I am not sure if he is correct every time, but it has really entertained him and sparked an interest I never expected him to have.
So I thought I would recreate another Pinterest inspired educational tool that you can do with your kids, the daytime constellation activity.

I created the following 5 common constellations in a Publisher file using little circles and lines:
  • Canis Major (the Dog)
  • Ursa Major (The Big Dipper)
  • Leo (The Lion)
  • Hercules
  • Orion (The Hunter)
I found the constellations online on various sites to create each of the constellations. I found it odd that there were different designs for the same one..so I think some sites include surrounding stars. I saved the file as an image and printed it on card stock paper.

 I carefully cut around the outer line to create 5 circle constellations.
Using a 1/8 inch circle hole punch with a 2 inch reach (this is important) I punched out each of the dots where a star appears in the sky.
The reason you need a 2 inch reach punch is so you can punch the holes in the middle of the circles.  I bought this 2 inch reach punch at Micheal's a while ago for around $5. If you find a coupon you might be able to get it for less. See how it is able to reach the middle of the large circle?
This is a regular hole punch; it doesn't reach the middle spots.
I punched each of the small dots on the 5 constellations.

Next is the fun part; head to a dark room or outside in the sun with your constellation cards and shine a light through them. You get to see what the constellations will look like up in the sky but during the day. I apologize this image is so bad, I was hiding out in my walk-in closet trying to take this photo. You get the idea though.
I created a few different versions of this file. The first was the one you see in the pictures above, all names, dots and lines are printed. The second, only has the names and dot, so you can have your child connect the dots to draw his/her own constellations. And the last one only has the dots.

UPDATE: I have saved the three images for you to download. Here are the links


Please leave me a comment with and let me know whether or not you were able to get this to work. Again, please keep this for personal or classroom use only. 

If you find any major errors, please email me and I can correct it for future emails. I am by no means an expert in this so any help is appreciated.

Happy star gazing!
Stephanie

124 comments:

  1. How neat! My son would love this. I got your cloud finder too---so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I would love to have the pdfs. wesandchelle@hotmail.com

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  3. Oh, can I please have this one too? (I also asked for the cloud identifier earlier tonight... too many good ideas! :) tara at quotidian dot com

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  4. I saw this on a website to buy, but I would love to be able to make it!!


    alicialynn43@yahoo.com

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  5. My son would love this! What a fantastic idea. Please share the file with me. Thank you so much
    lilburnyswm@aol.com

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  6. I would love this! acallihan@insightbb.com

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  7. I would love it if you could send me one! Thank you!
    sheridack(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Hi Stephanie! I hope everything is better with your mom and hubby. We have decided to homeschool again so I would love to have both this and the cloud finder files. andigummer@yahoo.com

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  9. Hi Stephanie,

    This is such a great tool to use. We also love the cloud finder!
    If you could send the constellation pdf too, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    klk008@shsu.edu

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  10. This is amazing! I teach Special Education and I would love to use these in class. I would appreciate the pdf of the constellations..great work!

    czander@barnesville.k12.mn.us

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  11. I would appreciate the pdf file too. My five and three year old children are into star gazing lately, and this would be a fun way for them to enjoy it during the daytime. dunnlindsay@gmail.com

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  12. Stephanie
    Please send me the constellation pdf file. One of my students is an expert on the solar systema and would love to work on this project! sharhatfield@aol.com

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  13. Hi Stephanie,

    My little boy loves stars, and i will love to do this for him.
    Send me the pdf? coccinelle.m@gmail.com

    Thanks and great idea :)

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  14. Fantastic idea! My oldest has just discovered an interest in stars and I know he would love it. Please send to me at tperry75 @ gmail. com Thanks!

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  15. could you send the labeled pdf? My preschoolers love to play with flashlights & this would be a fun way to talk about stars. julieaapple@frontier.com

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  16. This is a great idea! Have been looking for something to do with my cub scouts! This months theme is stars! I would really appreciate a copy! Thanks so much! teresastamps@gmail.com

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  17. What an awesome idea and thank you so much for sharing! bflynn@sa.utah.edu

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  18. I would love to have the pdf file also. Thanks!
    wyosarad@yahoo.com

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  19. I'd be over the moon happy if you'd send me the daytime constellation pdf and the cloud one! I love your ideas and your generosity! Thank you!
    Tara
    jthall1@gmail.com

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  20. I have not received a copy yet. Could you send me a copy to this e-mail?! They look like a lot of fun!
    Zander_Cindy@yahoo.com

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  21. I'd like to do this for our library summer reading program, please send to garrolisa@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  22. I would love a pdf!! kandeeheart@comcast.net

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  23. What a great idea! I'd love a copy of the original one you made. Thanks! mamarockwell(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  24. This is awesome and I would live a PDF to makes own!!!

    Scoobybucks@yahoo.com
    Thx!

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  25. This would be perfect for my classroom! I would love to have the PDF. lindseypeterson3@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  26. I am an advid stargazer. I have a huge telescope of my own and star charts. I was out last night trying to teach my foster kid about the constellations... and little minds need a little extra help!,..these would be amazing to have!!

    pinkmemories@yahoo.com

    Thank you!

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  27. Yes! I would love a copy of your Constellation. leahhyoung at gmail dot com

    Thanks!!!

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  28. I would love the PDF for these constellation cards! Thanks!
    babybuba1@juno.com

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  29. We are really wanting to do this with our kiddos at school, would love the pdf.

    alicia.billinger@gmail.com

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  30. I would love to do this with my class! Can you please send me the pdf for the constellation cards?

    kelli.bryan@communitychristianschool.net

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  31. I'd love all the versions I could really use this nestbliss@gmail.com

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  32. I was dreading making templates of this for a summer program at the library and would really appreciate your template! They look great!

    librariansti at gmail. com

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  33. These are great! elizalivi at gmail dot com

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  34. I would really love if you could send me the pdf. My son's birthday party is to do with space and this would be great for him and his little friends. He is 6.
    Thanks!

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    1. my email address is marshasefcik@gmail.com Thanks again!

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    2. Totally awesome! Love this ideas! Thank you for the cloud identification chart too!
      acox@molineschools.org

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  35. I'd like the file. thanks.

    tami.henry@gmail.com

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  36. You are awesome and this project is awesome!! We love the stars:) Please email me the pdf at: swimbikerunmama@yahoo.com Thanks for the sweet cloud identification chart!

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  37. I would love the PDF for my kids. lissimarie39@yahoo.com. thanks!

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  38. I found your site while searching for homeschool constellation projects. Amazing! I would love a copy of this. Thanks so much!
    samanthadaykelley (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  39. I would love the file also!! cmludi@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  40. Can you pleasesendthis file to me, calm2121@windstream.net.
    Thank you

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  41. I found this when googling ideas for our constellation study. We homeschool and would LOVE this. bnwaldrep@gmail.com Thank you!

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  42. This will be great. Thank you for sharing what you've done. I'd like to use this for homeschool. jdlesand@gmail.com

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  43. Oh, Stephanie! Please send me your pdf file! It would fit in perfectly for an activity I've got planned to do with my 4 grandchildren (ages 3-10). They are coming for a week to the cabin and I'd like to introduce them to stargazing. We'll be sleeping outdoors in a tent a night or two and trying to find constellations in the evening sky so this would help them get excited and prepared in what to look for! Genius and THANK YOU!!
    Cindy
    cabingramma4@yahoo.com

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  44. Could you also send me the Cloud Identification Tool??? Thanks again!
    Cindy
    cabingramma4@yahoo.com

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  45. Could you please send me the pdf for the star circles? I want to try and use them with kids this weekend. Thank you!

    jdlesand@gmail.com

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  46. Oh this is fantastic! Please send me the constellations with names, dots, and lines. Also could you please send me the cloud file too?! I pinned both these ideas as well, and was so disappointed that I wasn't able to just print them off. You have saved me so much time--and yours look SO great. Thank you! Thank you!
    stacyjanehill@yahoo.com

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  47. What a great project. I would love to have these files for our Summer Reading program at the library when we talk about stars. Thanks so much kriss@sbrl.org.

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  48. This would be great for our VBS Babylon Bazaar Astronmy School. I would greatly appreciate a copy of the PDF file. It can be sent to ctkjesuslovesu@yahoo.com.

    Thank you! Lisa

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  49. I have been looking for something like this, and the cloud finder. Cant wait to use with my 3 little ones. Please send me both?
    Thanks!
    mgeorge4 at gmail dot com

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  50. I would love to use this as a vacation bible school activity please email me the pdf - how creative.
    Thanks Taree
    Tareeg@msn.com

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  51. I would love a copy PDF. sandralopez2716@gmail.com So awesome. Thanks!

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  52. I would love the pdf for the constellations! Thanks

    timmygloria@yahoo.com

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  53. i would love this asap thanks
    rsa55@yahoo.com

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  54. I would also like to get this! Thanks!
    stampinspot@hotmail.com

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  55. Hi! I would love to have a copy of the cards with all the info on them. Thanks for sharing! gina2@cox.net

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  56. Could you please send the pdf and image files to gmeekma@gmail.com? Thank you so much!

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  57. I would love a pdf to use for our Vacation bible school Astronomy shop. Thank you!
    www.ctkjesuslovesu@yahoo.com.
    Lisa

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  58. Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have to teach a workshop at our girl's camp about this and I was just about to try and make something list this. Can you please email me a pdf of this file? Thank you so much.

    maestrakathleen@gmail.com

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  59. I would really appreciate a pdf of this and the cloud identifier. Thanks so much for taking the time to make these! carly.alzen@gmail.com

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  60. This is so neat that you did this. I would love a pdf of this. My daughter can use it for girls camp. duanehal@comcast.net

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  61. Joan,
    Please send the patterns to me. I am teaching "Astronomers in Babylon" at VBS. We like your idea better than the one suggested. joan.king42@gmail.com

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  62. Hi! Could you please email me a PDF of the version you have shown, with all names, dots and lines printed? I'd really appreciate it - thanks!
    staceycarachure@gmail.com

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  63. Love this idea!Hope that you can email me the file Can't wait to use it with the kids.

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  64. I would love a PDF version - we are doing a night theme for our summer reading program at the library where I am doing the activities.
    lazylrunyon@iowatelecom.net

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  65. I would also love the PDF version of this-also personal use :) jenroberson42@yahoo.com

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  66. We would love to use this PDF for our constellations unit (homeschool). Thanks!
    robisonDOTsaraATgmailDOTcom

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  67. I would love a PDF for my kids. veasnalkj@juno.com
    Thanks!

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  68. THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write this! I've been searching for this but I cannot seem to find instructions online. Could you please send me your instructions too, please?

    mesa_momATymailDOTcom

    My 3 children attended a Science day camp and were given these. Once I saw them, I *SOOOO* wanted the instructions! (they were done on cardstock and were connected with a small, inexpensive chain to keep them as a set).

    Thanks again!
    -Joye in AZ =)

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  69. I would love to have the pdf of all of your constellations. I would also love to have your cloud finder! Thanks! (personal use)

    chadbourne at charter dot net

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  70. I would LOVE a pdf of this. Thank you so much. My daughter loves these kinds of things. Thank you, my email is mcmurrin007@msn.com.

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  71. Hi we have just started "doing" space and I wondered if you still have the constellation printables as they would be great.
    My email is lindsay.james@talktalk.net
    Thanks again Lindsay

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  72. My boys would love this. I would love a pdf file of this is possible. Thanks so much! I just found your blog and have already been on it the last hour. Great stuff! michellerobison1@yahoo.com

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  73. My boys would love this. I would love a pdf file of this is possible. Thanks so much! I just found your blog and have already been on it the last hour. Great stuff! michellerobison1@yahoo.com

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  74. I pinned this on Pinterest some time ago but I didn't know where it came from. I'm happy to have found the source. Such a nice resource. I would love to have this file is possible. Thanks! (originalwombman@gmail.com)

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  75. This would be great for our co-op preschool's lesson on stars. Could you please email the pdf to me? Thank you! sharihedge@hotmail.com

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  76. I was wondering if you could send me a copy of these for our homeschool group.At this time we are studying planets and stars :) My email is bearnecessitymom@gmail.com

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  77. Hi! Can I get a copy of this file to use with my son? Thanks!

    kkcotuurier@gmail.com

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  78. Hi! Can I get a copy of this file to use with my son? Thanks!

    kkcotuurier@gmail.com

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  79. Please share the pdf. Can't wait to try it with my students.
    caannas@yahoo.com

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  80. Hi I love this idea. Could I please have the PDFs? Thanks so much for sharing! I am teaching my 4 year old abt stars and this would be perfect! iluvtrucks83@hotmail.com
    Thank you

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  81. Could you please share the pdf. I will be doing this activity with my students this week!!!
    Thank you
    libe2077@fredonia.edu

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  82. Would you please send these to me. Thanks! srammell at gwacademy dot org

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  83. I would love a copy of all three. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your creativity. sandralopez2716@gmail.com

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  84. Such a cute idea, could you please send a copy of all three PDFs.
    Thank you so much!
    Misti
    makemewine@gmail.com

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  85. Could you please email me a copy of the pdfs? My daughter is currently obsessed with space and we are studying constellations this week. Thanks!
    Donna
    donnamshaw@gmail.com

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  86. Would you please email me the 3 pdfs? My old son is interested in the constellations and this would be so fun for him!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Vanessa
    vane20@sbcglobal.net

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  87. LOL I meant my SEVEN YEAR OLD son...NOT old!!!

    -Vanessa

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  88. Please send me a copy of this document for my space unit.
    Thanks
    vrempel@live.com

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  89. Please send me a copy of this document for my star unit - thank you
    aschoessow (at( gmail (dot) com

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  90. Please send me a copy of this document for my star unit - thank you
    aschoessow (at( gmail (dot) com

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  91. Please send me these files, each version. I would love to create these for my daughters of all different ages. Thanks!

    reutzels@gmail.com

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  92. Could you please send me these files? I have been looking everywhere for exactly this! Thanks
    crazyowhitegirl@gmail.com

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    1. Wow, this is fantastic! Can you please share and send along your pdfs so that we may enjoy them in our classroom? It is perfect as we are just about to start our unit on Space and the Solar System! my email is michelle@mapletreemontessori.ca

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  94. I love this idea! Could you please email me the pdfs?
    angiemtoci@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  95. I love this idea! Could you please email me the pdfs?
    angiemtoci@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  96. This is exactly what I was looking for. I would very much appreciate the PDF copies. hvivier@sfu.ca

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  97. I would love to have a PDF copy! Thanks
    diane_wadsworth@maranacook.org

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  98. Hi Stephanie, This is great. I'd love to use it in school if that's okay. Could you email me l.s.coghill (at) durham (dot) ac (dot) uk.
    Huge thanks!

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  99. Hi Stephanie,
    it's amazing, pls could you send me the PDFs for my sons.
    Thanks a lot!
    mysa.k@seznam.cz

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  100. Could you please email me the constellations?
    rredd06@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  101. Hi, that´ s a great idea! Could you email me these files, each version? Spetulka@gmail.com? Thanks!

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  102. Thanks so much for taking the time to create this, and for sharing! I'd love to make your constellation cards! katelong22@hotmail.com

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  103. Hi! I'd love it if you could email me the Big Dipper one. My class is reading Underground to Canada and this ties in perfectly. My email is dorlisa.prior@sd76.ab.ca

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  104. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog (and now your pinterest board) I can't wait to use these constellation cards with my summer camp class today! Looking forward to finding lots of other gems to use with my first graders next year! THANK YOU!!!

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  105. This project is so cute! I am using the concept for a self guided activity at a children's museum! We just found a hole punch with 2 inch reach that is the shape of a star from Michael's online!! how lovely this will be. Thank you for sharing

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  106. Thank you for these, its appreciated

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  107. Any idea if a 2 inch punch exists with a star shape punch out? I'm looking for one!

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  108. this is very amusing.. looks like Google is trying to make fun of me... I Google daytime activities for kids and I end up here :) Yesterday was even cooler, im searching - more games like Papa's cooking games and I end up in Motocross Champ 2015 :) however, this post is awesome! Ive been playing too much EVE online lately so my little one is now interested in stars and space. im sure he'd love this.

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  109. I would love to have the pdfs.
    dmltk0513@naver.com
    please.

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  110. I printed these to make some constellation viewers for our Cub Scout Space Derby. Thanks so much!!

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  111. I love this for my classroom!! Do you have any more constellations created? I would love to get those as well.

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  112. Thank you for this! I also saw the kit online and only needed the circles, star points, and names. I am going to use this at Girl Scout daycamp for our nametags. I am having the girls use leather circles and they with hammer out the star points with leather tools. Thank you again for the awesome resource!

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  113. Genius! What great ideas! Thanks for making this available. My kids are going to love making these constellations. Thank you!!

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  114. I would love the pdf for constellations for my CC group on Thursday. Thank you so much!amandamckay2@gmail.com

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