julius jr. inventing time! stars!

Stay up late for stargazing¬°

Gather your kids and join us in the Invention Dimension! Julius Jr.'s Inventing Time activities give you simple ways to play with your kids that encourage their natural creativity!

Objects Needed to Create Your Invention

  • A place outside or a window that provides an open view of the night sky
  • A clear sky so you can see the stars
  • Paper
  • Drawing or paint supplies
  • Optional: book or printout of constellation stories
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    Step Inside the Box with Julius Jr.!

    Ask your kids:
  • What have you noticed about the stars?
  • How do you think people in different cities or countries feel about the stars?
  • How might people learn about the stars? How might they have learned about stars a hundred or a thousand years ago?
  • What do you see and feel when you look at the night sky?
  • Can you see any shapes in the night sky? For thousands of years people have been seeing pictures in the stars. They see stars near each other in the sky and imagine that they form the shapes of animals, people and other objects.
  • Let's invent a story about a group of stars we can see in the sky!
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    Now to the Invention Dimension!

    Find a comfortable and quiet place to look out the window or lie on your back and gaze at the clear night sky and look at the beauty of the stars. Ask your children if they notice anything interesting about the stars closer to the horizon line and the ones high above. Anything they answer will be right. Do any groups of stars remind them of a shape? Invent a constellation and then a story about a group of stars. They might need prompts, such as "what might happen next?" or "how did that character feel about that?" or "tell me more about that" as they create their tales.

    What Your Little Ones Are Learning

    Creating stories supports your children's developing communication skills. As they practice using words to describe an idea, they are building an understanding of story. Over time, they will gain the skills to create a beginning, middle, and end for their stories. By asking your children to create a story, you support their imagination and show respect for their ideas. Exploring the magic of the stars might even inspire an interest in astronomy or space travel!

    Why "Inventing Time" Matters

    Creative thinking begins early in every child's life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don't. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond. Creative play has been proven across multiple research studies to be the best path to developing a lifelong capacity for creativity.
    Julius Jr. and the Center for Childhood Creativity are working together to create inventing Time activities to help you support kids' natural creativity.

    Every kid can be an inventor like Julius Jr.
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