How would you feel if you were outside at night and were able to tell time using the stars? Like the coolest person ever? Yep. I get that.
Well buckle up buttercup, today we learn to tell time using the stars!
If you and your little ones love stars as much as the family on the other side of this computer (mine!) you are definitely going to want to grab my Stars and Constellations unit study. This unit study is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together and is ideal for children aged 3-12 years.
You will find this star clock with lots more information and activities, as well as 9 other fabulous astrological adventures in that unit study.
You can even grab all 10 of my unit studies and keep that fun, hands on learning going as you learn about:
- the weather
- the seven continents
- the human body
- the rainforest
- rocks and gems
- seeds and plants
And if you choose to grab all 10 unit studies, you get a steal of a deal. You only need to pay for 7 and I send you the other 3 free! Woohoo!!
Check out the Unit Study Bundle right here:
Now back to helping you become the coolest person ever. Alright my star gazing friend, let’s start things off at the beginning. In order to use your printable star clock you are going to need to be able to find the North Star, or Polaris.
Finding the North Star, or Polaris
To find the North Star you are simply going to hunt for the big dipper. Once you find the big dipper, look for the two stars at the end of the big dippers “dipper”. These two stars point straight to the bright North Star, which is the first star on the handle of the little dipper.
Creating your Star Clock
Alright. Now that you know how to find the North Star you are all set to use your Star Clock! Print your star clock off (you can grab yours below) and cut out your two paper circles. Glue those circles onto some cardboard so theay are nice and sturdy – cereal boxes work well – and then cut the cardboard around those circles too.
You will have two cardboard circles, each with your printable star clock discs on them.
Now place the one with the months and times behind the constellations disc and secure with a metal fastener. If you don’t have one, you can poke a pin through and put a little bit of playdough or an eraser on the other end so as not to poke little fingers.
Voila! You are set to venture outside and become the coolest person.
Becoming the Coolest Person (and Telling Time with the Stars)
All you need to do now is stride confidently outside with your star clock and locate that North Star. Adjust your back wheel so the month is shown in the little indented display window. Line up the Big dipper in the sky with the big dipper on your wheel, and proclaim for all around you THE TIME! (You might want to do this a few times on your own prior to proclaiming it loudly to others).
If it is daylight savings time you will need to adjust your time by adding one hour (keep that in mind during your proclamation).
And there you have it my friend! You are now the coolest person ever. Be sure to help your little ones become the coolest people ever too and grab my Stars and Constellations Unit Study!
Here is your free printable Star Clock.
Thank you so much for joining me! xo