Explore the sky with a telescope

Show kids the importance of the sky and the atmosphere, which protects the Earth from harmful radiation and keeps the planet at a healthy temperature. Help them make a telescope to explore this important microhabitat

What you’ll need:

• 2 empty paper towel tubes

• Scissors

• Masking tape

• 2 convex lenses, for instance from old reading glasses

• Markers, crayons, stickers, and other crafty materials

Use these observational prompts and activities to help children learn about biodiversity.

• Follow a bird in the sky for five minutes. Note where it goes, how high or low it is, and where it stops. Then draw a map of its journey. (Kids can observe flying insects, too!)

• What different shapes of clouds do you see? Find one that looks like a mammal, another that looks like a bird, and another that looks like a dinosaur.

• What differences do you see in a cloud if you look at it through the telescope, then again

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