While daddy was working away in South Carolina and viewing the total solar eclipse, we made our own eclipse viewer at home!
What you need for a solar eclipse box viewer:
- box- we had just been new school clothes shopping and the big two got new shoes. Done.
- foil- just a small square 3″x3″
- pin- something small like a safety pin or push pin
- paper- again, small, 3″x3″
Step by step to make your solar eclipse viewer:
- Cut two small rectangles in one end of your box.
- Cover the right square with your foil, tape in place, and leave the left square open to look into the box.
- With your pin make a small hole in the center of your foil.
- Open the box and tape your paper directly down from the foil on the inside of the box.
How to use your solar eclipse viewer:
With your back to the sun, let the light shine into the box through the pin hole in your foil. Look through your viewer and rotate yourself until you see a circle of light on the paper inside the box. As the moon covers the sun you will see the same happen to the circle of light inside the box. Enjoy!
In Maine we only had about 44-50% coverage, but it was amazing. And even better when experienced with kids.