If you live near me or in the path of the total solar eclipse, you know that it’s happening soon! The total solar eclipse will happen on August 21 and there are events popping up EVERYWHERE to see this once in a lifetime event. Here are a few great resources I have found to teach your kids about the eclipse and to learn a little more about it yourself! It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information out there, so here are a few of my favorites and the ones I think cover it all!
Here are some links to educational resources for lesson plans, videos, etc.:
- Here is an instructional unit from the South Carolina Department of Education for K – 2 students that has great websites, videos, read alouds, activities and more. There is also an instructional unit for grades 3 – 5; grades 6 – 8; and high school. If you homeschool or have a child who is not yet old enough to attend school, these instructional units will still be great to look through for ideas and books to request from the public library.
- SCETV has a round up of excellent videos and websites you can explore…you can also browse events that are planned for August 21 in Columbia and surrounding areas here.
- NASA website about the eclipse is, of course, fantastic. It’s NASA. Be sure to check out the downloads for the “eclipse kit” too!
Here are a few crafts you can make to celebrate the big day:
- Make a pinhole camera for viewing the eclipse (although, honestly, I’d still use “real” glasses that you get from your eye doctor or from another reliable source. Not going to lie, I’m a little nervous about looking at this with something I made from home, but still fun to create!)
- Make an eclipse with coffee filters! This is a craft even the littlest of kiddos can do. This would be a great connection/extension activity with a read aloud about the moon or the sun!
- Make a puffy paint moon and sun! This looks fun (and messy). The directions are for making a moon…add a little yellow food coloring to make the sun.
Here are a few special snacks you can eat/make:
- Totally easy is to cut bread for sandwiches (with whatever filling you want) into circles and call them moon/sun bites or whatever you want to call them. Serve with SunChips and a Moonpie for dessert!
- Oreos are perfect moon food!
- I’m sure you’ve seen the activities where kids can bite off the phases of the moon?
- Astronaut ice cream would be fun to eat on Total Eclipse Day.
- Make sugar cookies and decorate either with frosting or using food coloring in the dough to make moons and suns.
- Buy some moon cheese! I have seen this for sale at Starbucks.
- More food – MilkeyWay candy bars, gumballs (or anything round that you can call a moon, sun, or planet), Mars bars…
I geek out about this stuff, so I’m excited and will definitely be doing some of these things at my house on August 21! I’ll be adding more things as I find them on this Pinterest board…follow along if you’d like!