Eclipse mania is here. To get the kids excited for the once-in-a-lifetime event, we’ve rounded up some fun and informative DIY projects.

Don’t forget that there’s plenty to do on the day of the eclipse, too! Check out some of these events around NJ on August 21 and make sure to use proper eyewear, which may be found at your local library or purchased online. For a list of reputable vendors, stores and brands, check out the American Astronomical Society’s page. When purchasing eyewear online, double check that it meets proper safety standards.

Last, but surely not least, enjoy this rare phenomenon with your family – and these awesome crafts!

Kids Coloring Page and Questionnaire

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Make this eclipse an unforgettable event with the help of Skip to my Lou’s questionnaire and coloring page. One day, your kids can look back on this singular experience and remember every detail thanks to this project.


Get Crafty!

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Get your kids interested in this natural marvel using an easy, no-mess craft from Books and Giggles. With this project, kids can begin to conceptualize the reasoning behind an eclipse.


NASA Eclipse Kit

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Experiment with magnets, lights, food (make s’mores using the sun!) and more with NASA’s super cool Eclipse Activity Kit, which will educate your children using hands-on activities. You can download the activities guide and use basic materials from your home.


Light and Shadow Experiment

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Introduce your kids to physics by drawing shadows! This fun exercise explained by Rookie Parenting is a great hands-on activity that will help you to describe the sun’s movement to your mini-scientists.