My four-year-old is into all things science and nature right now. It turns out there’s a solar eclipse coming up very soon, so it’s a great opportunity to learn a little more about the sun and the moon. We made this simple solar eclipse viewer so that we could watch safely as the moon slips over the sun because you cannot look directly at a solar eclipse.
Related Pages: Solar System Worksheets for Kids, Printable Constellation Maps
What you need to make a solar eclipse viewer:
- Cereal box
- Aluminum foil
- White paper
OK, so I sort of cheated on the picture since it’s daytime and indoors, but I wanted to get a good shot of how to use it.
1. Stand with your back to the sun.
2. Look through the viewing window.
3. Move the box around until the image of the sun comes in through the pinhole and is projected onto the bottom of the box.
4. Watch as the circle gets smaller and smaller when the moon moves between the earth and the sun!