Hands-On Eclipse Fun: Easy Crafts and Recipes for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

DIY edible moon pies recipe Eclipse recipe

Looking for creative ways to get your kids excited about the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024? These simple yet engaging crafts, snacks, and activities will turn the astronomical event into an unforgettable learning experience. Stock up on basic household supplies and get ready for some sun-sational fun!

Edible “Moon Pies” for the Solar Eclipse

DIY edible moon pies recipe Eclipse recipe
DIY edible moon pies recipe Eclipse recipe

What better way to enjoy the moon’s shining moment than with these yummy moon pie treats? This no-bake recipe from FamilyAroundTheTable.com is easy for little hands:

Ingredients:

  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Chocolate chips or frosting
  • Coconut shavings or white sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Mix graham crackers and marshmallow fluff to form a dough.
  2. Form dough into flat circles.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and spread on half of each circle.
  4. Sprinkle coconut or white sprinkles on chocolate half to resemble the moon.

DIY Pinhole Camera for Safe Eclipse Viewing

DIY Pinhole Camera for Eclipse Viewing
DIY Pinhole Camera for Eclipse Viewing. Photo courtesy of NASA

This simple pinhole camera from NASA allows kids to view the eclipse indirectly without damaging their eyes. All you need is:

  • White card stock
  • Aluminum foil
  • A sharp pencil or pin

Instructions:

  1. Cut a hole in the card stock.
  2. Cover the hole with aluminum foil and poke a small pinhole in the center.
  3. Look through the pinhole to see the sun’s image safely projected onto the paper.

SunPrint Eclipse Art

Eclipse craft sun print nature art
Eclipse craft sun print nature art

Create silhouette art using the power of the sun’s rays! This fun activity from Run Wild My Child requires:

  • Sunprint paper (or sun sensitive fabric)
  • Interesting objects (leaves, toys, stencils etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Arrange objects on the sunprint paper.
  2. Place the sunprint paper in direct sunlight and let sit until the exposed areas turn blue.
  3. Rinse the paper in water for a vivid contrasted image.

Shadow Art and Tracing

For some crafting that doesn’t require fancy supplies, encourage kids to trace shadows and incorporate them into drawings or sidewalk chalk art. The changing sun position makes for cool before/during/after eclipse shadow comparisons.

“Sundae” Eclipse Brownie Parfaits

Turn ordinary brownie bites into an edible solar eclipse scene with these fun parfait cups from LittleBinsForLittleHands.com:

Ingredients:

  • Brownie bites or balls
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Yellow fruit (bananas, pineapple, etc)
  • Blue food coloring

Instructions:

  1. Layer pudding, brownie bites, and fruit in clear cups.
  2. Mix food coloring into remaining pudding to make “night sky” color.
  3. Top parfaits with blue “night” pudding to mimic the moon eclipsing the sun.

Be sure to grab certified safe solar eclipse viewing glasses for directly observing the partial and total phases as well. With fun hands-on activities like these, your little astronomers will be totally eclipsed with excitement!

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