Constellations for Kids

An Easy Salt Painting Space Craft

Constellations for Kids
Constellations for Kids
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I have yet to meet a kiddo (or adult for that matter) who is not fascinated by space. This craft encourages children to explore beyond our world. These constellations for kids are great for teaching, story telling and just growing the imagination. And they also add an extra element of letting kids use their creativity.

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  • Construction paper (any color)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Paints (colors of your choice)
  • Q-tips
  • Salt (not in your bag, but every home has some)
  • Newspaper
  • Little cups or something to hold your watered down paint

Around here we keep things SIMPLE! Every craft project is created from the same master list of supplies so that you can actually fit crafting with your family into your hectic life without it feeling like another thing that you have to cross off of the to-list. Find your joy in creating together. Just fill your bag, and you are ready.

Step 1: Constellation templates

  • Draw a constellation on your paper using on of the templates below.
  • OR just print the template and use it directly for your project. You will have better results with a thicker paper, such as card stock.
  • OR use the template to transfer the form of the constellation onto your paper of choice.
constellation printables
constellation printables

Each printable constellation has 2 versions, one with just the stars and the other with the connecting lines that make the formation of the constellation. There are 22 templates in all! Get them all by signing up below!

Step 2: Glue

  • Place the drawn constellation on a piece of newspaper
  • Connect the stars (or go over the lines) to form the constellation with Elmer’s glue. Be aware that if you are using a darker paper, there will be some “bleeding” of the glue which makes the area around the constellation look like it has a kind of “glow”.
  • Sprinkle salt over the constellation and shake off the excess onto the newspaper (like when you put glitter on a project). A fine salt works best.
  • Allow the glue to dry. *You may want to let it sit overnight).

Step 3: Paint

  • Water down a couple of your favorite paints so that they are thin and runny.
  • *If you prefer, you can use water colors or food coloring mixed into water if those are things that you have in your house. Though these items are not in your prepared bag of craft supplies.
  • Use a q-tip to apply each color to your painted salt constellation to make it as colorful as you want
  • Allow the paint to dry

Kids absolutely love learning about everything space related. Who doesn’t really? Just this morning my husband and I were watching a show about unexplained phenomenons seen by astronauts through the years. (So cool!) Constellations offer us a unique way for us to view the stars. Here are some places for your kids to learn more about constellations:

Keep learning and happy crafting!


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constellations for kids
constellations for kids


  1. This is brilliant! I always have such a difficult time teaching constellations because I don’t feel super confident with them myself, but this looks like the perfect solution! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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