This craft makes a beautiful picture of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The stars in our galaxy are represented by glitter (or sand).
The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, and our Solar System (the Sun and its planets) is located in the outer reaches of the Orion arm. Our Sun is a star located in the Milky Way Galaxy. There are 200 billion stars in this galaxy (which is just one of a great number of galaxies in the Universe).
- Black construction paper
- Pencil or white crayon
- Glitter (or sand)
- Old newspapers to work on
Work on some old newspaper. On the black construction paper, draw a rough sketch of our galaxy, the Milky Way using a pencil (or white crayon).
Our galaxy is a spiral galaxy with five arms. The center is a dense disk containing many older stars.
Put glue along the lines of your galaxy drawing.
Sprinkle glitter (or sand) on the paper. Tilt the paper onto some newspaper to shake off the loose glitter (or sand).
You now have a picture of the Milky Way galaxy, the galaxy where we live. Each grain of glitter (or sand) represents a single star (like our Sun).
Optional: label the arms of the Milky Way and label where our Solar System is located.