Hi there! My name is Jennifer Cooper and I am incredibly excited to kick off PBS Parents’ new site Adventures in Learning. Every two weeks, my family and I will bring you a video featuring a way you and your family can make learning more adventurous. But Adventures in Learning is more than just a collection of videos. Its posts are authored by some of the coolest parents around. Each week, they’ll bring you great ideas for ways you can teach your child about the great big world around them—everything from art and culture to science, math and literacy.
My background is in psychology and before having kids I worked with preschoolers with Autism. Over the years, I’ve explored ways to make learning more playful and engaging with my own kids. For almost four years, I’ve loved sharing what I’ve learned with other other parents on my blog, Classic Play. Honestly, it makes me happy anytime I can help make another parent’s or child’s life easier and fun.
So with that, I thought we’d start with something that excited my kids and I think will excite your kids too—stars.
Since ancient times, people have looked to the stars. Over the years they have inspired artists, scientists and storytellers. Encourage your kids to look to the stars with a handy dandy pocket field guide.
These little books are easy to make. Here’s how.
What You’ll Need
- 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper
- colored pencils or crayons
How to Make
First let’s talk about the difference between a hot dog fold and a hamburger fold. A hot dog fold is when you fold the paper in half making a long thin rectangle. A hamburger fold is when you fold the paper in half making a fatter rectangle. For older kids, you can explain it as landscape fold and portrait fold.
- Step 1: Take your paper and make a hot dog fold.
- Step 2: Now turn your paper 90-degrees and make a hamburger fold.
- Step 3: Fold paper in half again using a hamburger fold.
- Step 4: Now open up your paper. You should see many rectangles. Fold it half using a hamburger fold. Take your scissors and make a cut in the middle of the paper. You’ll cut half way down. Don’t cut all the way through the paper.
- Step 5: This is the cool part. Open up your paper again and fold it hot dog style. Start pushing the ends of the paper together and you’ll see an opening that looks like a diamond.
- Step 6: Push the paper together all it makes a sandwich.
- Step 7: Make a hamburger fold. And your book is ready!
- Step 8: Now, research what stars you can find in the sky. Did you know that you see different stars at different times of the year?
- Step 9: Fill your book with drawings of the constellations you’d like to see in the night time sky. Slip it in your pocket and get ready for nightfall.
How many constellations did you find?