The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
(it’s hard not to add an exclamation point on the end of that!).
You’ve heard about the total solar eclipse coming up next week on August 21, 2017, right? You’d probably have to be under a rock (or behind the moon!) to not have heard the buzz! I love when Creation gives us an amazing display of God’s wonderful works!
I can’t believe how many cool things I’m finding about how to enjoy the total (or partial, as in our location) solar eclipse of 2017! I’ve compiled a handy list for parents for what to know, do, and watch for during the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!
What to know about the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
First, you should definitely know if you’re in the path of totality or not. Most people aren’t. So find out how close you are and what to expect, so you can set appropriate expectations for children.
Check out this article for how to find out what the solar eclipse will look like around the world!
Or see these interactive maps of the total solar eclipse
Know what to look for during a total solar eclipse – there are so many very cool phenomena both visible and sensory!
Like these super cool light patterns in the shadows!
And these five surprising effects of the total solar eclipse (besides it getting dark!)
Be aware of safety precautions – never look directly at the eclipse without proper eclipse glasses (you cannot make them yourself!). See what NASA recommends!
And know what to bring to the solar eclipse!
And if you want to be super unique – get this fun “Together At Last” Solar Eclipse t-shirt! (Affiliate link) Personally designed by a fellow blogger so it’s ultra-cool!
Fun things to do before or during the eclipse
Build your own pinhole projector – especially handy if you don’t have the right kind of solar eclipse glasses.
Handy tips for having fun viewing the eclipse as a family
Try making these Total Solar Eclipse Painted Paper Plates
Or this Eclipse Coffee Filter Craft
Try these 3 Activities to help kids understand the science behind the solar eclipse
Little kids will have fun with this easy paper eclipse craft
Remember always keep your eyes safe during an eclipse! If you aren’t able to get the proper glasses in time, call your local library – they may have some left to hand out. And there are plenty of ways to enjoy the total solar eclipse of 2017 without looking directly at the sun!
Enjoy this amazing phenomena with facts and crafts to satisfy your kids’ eager questions! And remember to take a moment and praise the Creator for all his wonderful works!
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
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