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Solar Eclipse Art Activity for Kids

By August 20, 2017October 1st, 2018No Comments

Paint a sun and moon to show younger kids what happens during a solar eclipse. Then hang the painted paper plate craft to make night sky art!

Solar Eclipse Art Activity for Kids

Teach kids about what happens during a solar eclipse with this fun art activity. Little ones can paint their own sun and moon to make an eclipse at home. Once you’ve finished using the sun and moon to learn about the process of an eclipse, glue them to a piece of construction paper and hang them up as a work of art.


  • 2 Paper plates
  • Yellow and Black Paint
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Trim a bit of the edge around one paper plate. This will be the moon and needs to be slightly smaller than the sun.
  2. Paint the trimmed plate as the moon.
  3. Paint the second full sized plate as the sun.
  4. Let the sun and the moon dry.

exclipse art

eclipse art

eclipse art

Teaching Kids about the Solar Eclipse

Teach kids the process of the solar eclipse by slowly sliding the moon across the sun. During a solar eclipse the moon passes between the earth and the sun. During a total solar eclipse the process can take a couple hours and during that time parts of the earth will experience darkness. The darkness occurs because the moon is blocking the sun’s light to the earth. Totality estimations are made for certain areas where the eclipse will cause the sunlight to be blocked. 100% totality means the sunlight will be fully blocked and the area on earth will experience a night sky in the middle of the day!

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Expand on this Eclipse Project with our Outer Space Discovery Box!

Our Outer Space Discovery Box contains tons of award-winning STEAM science and craft kits! Your pint-sized astronomers will develop problem-solving and observation skills as they learn about the solar system. Projects include a rocket balloons kit, a space sand kit, a planetarium kit, and a moon calendar project. This Discovery Box celebrates thinking, questioning and original creation with fun and creative projects that will have everyone tinkering and playing long afterwards. This box was part of our subscription program. It is a great representation of what subscribers receive each month.


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