The Great 2017 Solar Eclipse

The big 2017 solar eclipse is coming up next week and we live fairly close to the band of totality so we should be getting a roughly 97% eclipse. I can’t let the occasion pass without making a shirt for Sweet Pea!

USA map with eclipse path

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I personally love, love, love the Mya tunic* as a great all purpose shirt. It’s also quick and easy to make! I don’t even know how many I’ve made at this point.

Then I used my Cricut to make a freezer paper stencil of the sun. I ironed the shiny side onto the fabric and then let the three year old do most of the painting. She had so much fun! After the paint was dry, I cut a pair of sunglasses out of iron-on vinyl and pressed them onto the shirt. I have a more detailed post here.

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NASA has some really cool pinhole projector plans you can 3D print of your state or the entire country. Check them out! And make sure that your eclipse glasses are safe and compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

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Today I used bobby pins to secure the glasses to Sweet Pea’s head, but I think I’ll add an elastic band and maybe even paper plate for Monday. The last thing I want is for my daughter to permanently hurt her eyes.

Happy viewing!!

::UPDATE:: 

Here’s a tutorial for the quick and easy eclipse craft we made on the day of the eclipse.

You will need yellow construction paper, grey paper, black cardstock, glue, and a brad.

IMG_20170821_092525Cut two equal size circles out of yellow and grey paper (I traced a glass), several strips of yellow paper, and two 1″x5″ strips of black paper.

IMG_20170821_103253.jpgPut glue on one side of each black strip and fold them in half. Then glue one to the back of each circle.

IMG_20170821_103525Have your child draw faces on the sun and moon. Then begin gluing the small yellow strips to the back of the sun.

Line the moon up on top of the sun, puncture a hole through both, and then stick the brad through.

Voila! A fun visual way to learn about the moon temporarily eclipsing the sun.

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