The next Solar Eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024 and we are super excited! Since solar eclipses are so rare, it is a great time for kids to get some hands on learning about a solar eclipse. These solar eclipse activities for kids are perfect for home or the classroom to learn more about the magic of the sun.
Solar Eclipse Activities for Kids
What’s so special about this eclipse?
The April 8, 2024, eclipse will be a total solar eclipse. It will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.–NASA
The last solar eclipse for 20 years is a big deal! You are on the solar eclipse path if you are in any of these areas:
- New York
- New Hampshire
- Southern Ontario
- New Brunswick
- Prince Edward Island
- Cape Breton
- Atlantic coast of Newfoundland
That makes this one a big deal!
Since looking at the sun during an eclipse is a huge no-no (it can actually burn your retinas!), we’ve been coming up with fun ways to help the kids understand what’s going on while also getting excited about seeing it – just in a different way. Here’s some of what we’ll be doing:
Solar Eclipse Science Activity
The first thing we’re doing is making a solar eclipse model that the kids can use to demonstrate what actually happens during an eclipse. We used the printable below and referenced this article from NASA to help explain what happens and how during a solar eclipse.
Solar Eclipse K-W-L Chart
Since we don’t get to see a solar eclipse all that often, the kids had lots of questions about it.
- What is an eclipse?
- What makes a complete solar eclipse?
- How often do solar eclipses occur?
To keep track of all of their questions and what they learned, we used the Solar Eclipse K-W-L Chart. “K” is what you already Know about solar eclipses. “W” is for what you Want to know about them. And “L” is for everything that you Learned about solar eclipses. It’s a neat way to make learning focused and fun!
Create a Solar Eclipse Viewer
Since it’s not good to look at the sun during a solar eclipse, we have to find a way around it. This clever solar eclipse viewer is the perfect way to see what happens during an eclipse without ever having to look at the sky!
Why a Total Solar Eclipse is So Cool
Solar eclipses happen more often than you might expect, but this total solar eclipse is important, because scientists have discovered that they won’t be around forever. Here’s a great, easy-to-understand explanation of what happens during an eclipse!
NASA Solar Eclipse Live Streaming
We’re also going to be tuning in to NASA as they do a Live Stream of the Solar Eclipse on the 21st! They have a bunch of different places where you can catch the broadcast, but you can find a complete list of them here.
More Solar System Inspired Activities from Kids Activities Blog
- Make a solar system model together
- Make a sun craft or a paper plate sun craft!
- Print these fun facts about the sun for kids
- Moon activities for kids
- Phases of the moon for kids
- Fun facts about the earth for kids
- Love you to the moon and back coloring pages
- Space mazes for kids
- Let’s make moon rocks
What are your plans for the solar eclipse?