Star’s Tips for Star Gazing
Star and Nina wind up each day with a tribute to the night sky. Your family can, too. On a warm summer night, nothing beats stargazing with your little one.
Seize the Moment
Past bedtime? Grab a blanket, throw it on the grass and watch the night sky appear before your eyes.
Keep It Simple
Don’t worry about the telescope and star charts just yet. Your preschooler’s interest will have faded before you’re in focus. Start with a powerful lens—the naked eye—and just enjoy what you see.
The stars can spark all kinds of conversations. Invite your child to lead the way and enjoy hearing her thoughts. Together, you might notice the biggest object in the sky, the moon. You might point out some of the brightest stars. Can you spot a shooting star (officially a meteoroid)?
Sing a Song
What a perfect time to connect a familiar song like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to the grandeur of the night sky. You might also try learning I’d Like to Visit the Moon, a classic song by Ernie on Sesame Street. For a truly cultural experience, play Gustov Holst’s The Planets as background music.
Once you’ve introduced your little one to stargazing, she might enjoy making her own telescope with a toilet paper tube. A simple tool like this invites endless imaginary play and also provides a tool for focusing your gaze on a section of the sky.
Read All About It
Wrap up your stargazing with a bedtime story about the night sky, such as The Moon by Seymour Simon or Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.