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Celebrate the Eclipse!


On August 21st, many people across the United States are going to be able to see a total solar eclipse, and many others will have the chance to see a partial one. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is completely covered by the moon. Depending on where you are in the country, it will look different, and in some areas it could last as long as 2 minutes and 40 seconds! This is the first time there has been a solar eclipse over North America in 38 years! To learn more about the eclipse, check out this link from NASA.

Eclipse Monday is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the moon, the sun, stars, and planets. Here are some fun books to read and activities to do with your children to learn more about this rare event.

Remember, if you and your family plan on watching the eclipse, make sure to have proper eye protection, so this special event does not damage your eyes!


 

Make Your Own Paper Eclipse! 

You Will Need:

fireworks

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue, paste, or a glue stick
  • A marker
  • Brass Fastener or scotch tape

 

Directions:

  1. Using yellow construction paper, cut out a circle, this will be the sun.
  2. Using black or grey construction paper, cut out a circle, this will be the moon.
  3. Cut out multiple thin strips of red, orange, or yellow construction paper and glue to the back of the yellow circle, creating the sun’s rays.
  4. Draw faces on the moon and sun.
  5. Cut out two thicker strips of paper and glue behind the base of the moon and sun.
  6. Using a brass fastener (or scotch tape) attach the two stems, so they can open and close to cover the sun with moon.

 

Have your child practice moving the moon back and forth across the sun, and explain that when the moon covers the sun, they are creating an eclipse.

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