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Children’s Arts and Crafts at Dales Countryside Museum Copyright Stephen Garnett

Dark Skies Activities and Quizzes

Can you identify Cassiopeia from Cygnus? We’ve quizzes to test your knowledge, bat box making and a guide to stargaze from home. Gather the family and comet to some space exploration of your own. Click on the links to start your inter-stellar journey!

Make your own ‘Constellation Biscuits’

Humble Pie Cookery Kitchen in Hawes has been very busy and created the most beautiful ‘Constellation Biscuits’.

If you would like to have a go at making these biscuits yourself or with the children this half term, just click on the link below.

Quizzes to test your dark skies knowledge


Dark skies crafts

Here we have some fun and crafty ways to bring a little bit of the night sky into your home. So let’s get creative!

Example of the artwork that young people will make as part of the Dark Skies Festival
Dark Skies artwork

Space rock fridge magnets

See if you can find any rocks lying around in your garden, nothing too large, remember you’ll have to carry it back to the house! Then paint the rocks as if they are a part of the night sky, you could even add some glitter, or go that one step further and add a little magnet to the back so you can pin them to your fridge. And there you have it, an out-of-this-world craft!

Night sky wreath

All you need is a paper plate, some glue and all the glitter and colouring crayons you can get. Just cut out the center of the paper plate by folding it in half and cutting out a semi-circle, open it up, and you should have your wreath. Now to get decorating. You could paint it a deep blue and add starry stickers and glitter to make it look like the night sky or turn it into a UFO… let your imagination go wild.

Children’s Activities, Dales Countryside Museum

Colourful Planets

So this one could get messy…

What you will need: shaving foam, paint, paper, plate, pencil, scissors, baking tray, scraping device

Step 1. Find the hairiest person in the family and ask to borrow some shaving foam.
Step 2. Spray the foam into a baking tray.
Step 3. Squeeze some blobs of coloured paint onto the foam.
Step 4. Cut out a paper circle using a plate to draw around, then place the paper onto the foam.
Step 5. Lift the paper off the foam and scrape any remaining foam off.
Step 6. Step back and admire your planet zog creation!

Dark skies word search

Print off this page to have a go at our Dark Skies word search. See if you can find as many of the words in the list below that relate to the magical night sky. Good luck!

Grimwith at night - a blue velvety night sky with a glow from the stars
Copyright Matthew Savage

If you are enjoying these dark skies resources, you might just enjoy our Dark Skies Festival.