Skilly Spark: Talk with your child about what they see in the daytime sky. Do they see clouds? Birds? Airplanes? Explain that they are going to make something to help them focus and to look closely at a small piece of the world at a time.
Adults, use scissors to punch a hole 2 to 3 inches from one end of the tube. To make the hole circular and larger, swivel the tip of a scissor blade around a bit.
Put a piece of yarn through the hole. Your child can help pull it through.
Tie the end of the yarn together so it can be worn around your child’s neck.
Ask them to decorate the tube with crayons or markers, anything in their imagination will do nicely. They can also accessorize by gluing three dimensional decorations such as gems, google eyes, buttons as available.
Go outside, lie down on the ground and look up into the sky with their Focus Scope.
Ask them what they see.
Move the Focus Scope and focus some more. What do they see now?
Explore with your Focus Scopes as long as your child’s interest lasts.
Keep the fun going
Draw or paint pictures of what they have seen through their scope’s circle.
Try out your Focus Scopes’ night-vision with a night-time look at the heavens.