This activity encourages learners to explore constellations through hands-on tasks and shadow play. The task is suitable for group work and invites learners to plan, draw and cut out constellation shapes that can be projected onto a wall or ceiling using a torch. The pupils can create their own ‘mini-planetarium’ in the classroom by projecting shadows onto the ceiling.
Follow up activities include creating a more imaginative shadow puppetry show inspired by the stars.
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- A bright torch or desk lamp
- Sticky tape
- Consider the Stars
Area of Learning and Experience
- Expressive Arts
- Science and Technology
Sandra Gustafsson is a Cardiff-based theatre designer and workshop facilitator. Since moving to Wales in 2016 to pursue a Masters at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sandra has found a passion for educational projects and participatory arts. As a result, she has worked as a Creative Practitioner in a number of Primary and Secondary schools across South Wales as part of Arts Council of Wales’ Lead Creative Schools scheme. In addition, Sandra has recently collaborated with Wales Millennium Centre and Sparc Valleys Kids as part of the ‘Together Stronger’ partnership to deliver creative workshops for young people in community settings. Sandra is particularly intrigued by finding new purposes for recycled materials and found objects through creative projects.