This is a simple idea that we got when Aidan attended a neighbor boy’s birthday party several years ago.  It was a camping themed party, and the kids played with “constellations” made by punching nail holes in a can and then putting the can over a flashlight.  We recently made one for Owen, and he has had a lot of fun playing with it!

A couple of things to note – our LED flashlights did not display the constellation very clearly.  Even with a regular flashlight, the constellation is not super clear, so older kids who are trying to make an actual constellation may be frustrated.  However, this project is lots of fun for preschoolers!  It definitely looks like stars and adds a new dimension to flashlight play!

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  1. Amanda May 6, 2012

    I love this idea!!!! Found your blog on pinterest. :) My little toddler guy loves flashlights, so this will be right up his alley. :) Thanks!

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    1. Stacie Jun 20, 2012

      Hi! May I link back to this idea on a kid's activity calendar I'm working on for July? It will say something like "Make Tin Can Constellations (from Frugal Fun for Boys)" and link back to your post?

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      1. Sarah Jun 20, 2012

        Sure! Sounds good to me!

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