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Milky Way Art Entertains & Educates
This easy art project allows kids to express their creativity while offering a great opportunity for a mini-lesson about the universe. What better way to teach kids about the Milky Way Galaxy than with this fun, artsy activity? Our Galaxy has a mystifying, milky appearance and contains between 200 and 400 billion stars, making it so much fun to replicate. Get out your glitter and let's get started.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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What You Need
This project requires only a few things that you probably already have on hand. If not, you can find them at your local dollar store. Here's what you need:
- Black construction paper
- Glitter in varying colors
- White coloring pencil or crayon
Since glitter gets everywhere, we decided to make our glittery galaxies outside. We flipped boxes over to make makeshift craft tables. If you can't get outside, at least cover the surface area with newspaper for easy cleanup. You could even apply the... glitter application over the tub and rinse it away when you're finished.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Sketch the Galaxy
Pull up an image of a sparkly, swirling galaxy from this photo gallery to provide a little inspiration. Kids can use a white coloring pencil or crayon to sketch a design on the construction paper.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Trace With Glue
Have your child trace over their galaxy outline with glue. They can also add spots of glue around the piece of paper to make stars, shooting stars and comets. Glitter will stick no matter how minuscule the amount of glue, so feel free to be light-handed. Thick globs of glue take a long time to dry.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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This is the part where doing this activity outside comes into play since it involves the bane of arts and crafts supplies: glitter. Cover all of the glue with glitter before the glue dries. Since the Milky Way is made up of such a complex variety of colors, the more shades of glitter you have, the better.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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With all of the glue spots covered with glitter, set the paper aside and let it dry. Drying time will vary depending upon the amount of glue used. Glue is generally completely dry after about 30 minutes, but every project is different. Keep an eye on yours.
Once the glue is completely dry, shake off the excess glitter. Again, this is where it helps to be outside, otherwise you'll be finding glitter everywhere for months.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Show off the Finished Projects
Once you're finished, admire your child's piece of art. Hang it on the fridge or their bedroom wall. Since this project has major potential to be educational, go even further by labeling parts of the Milky Way. Where is the Sun? What about Earth?
Outer space and the solar system are such fun, fascinating topics for kids, and there are so many interactive ways to teach them about it. Make a galaxy jar, try one of these fun space activities and check out this list of 50 space projects.