Living in North Carolina, everyone is in Great American Eclipse Hype! What an amazing learning opportunity for kids!
The path of totality (a total solar eclipse) will cross 14 U.S. states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. According to NASA, that means 300 million people in the country could directly view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. At least a partial solar eclipse will be visible world-wide.
We ordered some cheapy solar eclipse glasses online to safely view the eclipse since our city will have 98% totality. Our library was actually giving them away for free but they ran out very quickly. This is by far the BEST way to view the eclipse!
Carson is SO excited for the big day, but the glasses don’t stay on his face well, and viewing the eclipse is very dangerous without glasses, especially for preschoolers. Rather than chance them slipping off his face, I made them easier to hold by cutting slits for the glasses, a hole for the lenses, and a triangle for his nose and mouth into a paper plate. I don’t have to worry about a slip of the hand or glasses resulting in damaging his eyes. This is a great trick to try with kids, I saw in a mommy Facebook group that a teacher at Mount Carmel School in Newport News, VA is using with her students. Awesome. I hope this will help those of you watching the eclipse with your littles.
Looking for some fun activities to do with your kids? You can download free printables here!
You also cut a small hole in paper to watch the eclipse happen on the ground. Easy and free. You can see more info here!
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