Camp Kinda Overnight
The Night Sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star… Okay, you’ve heard that one before. But the night sky really is full of wonder. Have you ever wondered what’s going on all the way up there? Turn out the lights, grab your virtual telescope, and get ready to explore the galaxy.
what you’ll need
Your Camp Kinda toolkit
Something to poke holes in paper—like a thumbtack or push pin
Ask About Today
What makes a star a star?
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
How Big Can a Star Get?
Find out the answer to that and other questions about space, stars, planets, and more in this presentation by educators at the Museum of Science, Boston. You’ll visit the Hubble Telescope website and travel through the universe (from home, that is) using a program called Worldwide Telescope
The Place Where the Sun Never Sets
Wait, never?! That’s right. From May to July, the sun never goes down in northern Norway. They call it the “Midnight Sun.” Check it out.
Make Your Own Planetarium
Or at least have fun shining stars and constellations on your ceiling. Using this guide from PBS Kids, cut out paper or cardboard circles to fit on top of a flashlight, then poke holes in them to create the constellations. You can copy (or print) the ones in this printout, or make up your own!
Paint a Starry Night
“The Starry Night” is a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Follow this tutorial from Mr. New’s Art Class to make your own Starry Night painting with just crayons and paper, or create it your own way—however you’re inspired!
Before you go to bed tonight, step outside, and look around. What do you see in the sky? Can you see the moon and stars from where you live? What do they look like? What shape is the moon tonight? Can you spot any constellations? If you want, take a notebook with you and draw what you see.
Don't forget to invite a trusted grown-up for your outside walk!