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Solar Eclipse Activities & Party Ideas for Kids

Learn about activities to do during the Solar Eclipse including which glasses to wear, fun eclipse themed food, books to read, party ideas and more!

Where will you be during the next solar eclipse? Chances are — somewhere “on the dark side of the moon” 🙂

If you’re planning to celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your family or students in your classroom, we’ve got a few ideas for fun activities & tips on how to enjoy the eclipse together!

Solar eclipse activities: party food ideas, science activities and viewing tips!

Solar Eclipse Party Ideas & Activities

I actually have memories seeing a partial solar eclipse at a child growing up in Upstate New York — it happened during a school day and the teachers brought us outside to the playground for the event. I admit, it was a little creepy when it began to get dark during the day (and a little chilly too!)

And I had a front row seat for the Total Solar Eclipse in Nashville, TN too!  Which was really cool since my daughter was with me and it was her first eclipse.  Your kids may have also seen this past solar eclipse or maybe even the Lunar Eclipse in 2019.

The 2024 Solar Eclipse will take place on April 8th and will definitely be something that will make an impression since it doesn’t happen every day 😉  Since it’s such a big science event, I wanted to share some fun ideas along with affiliate links to items that we are using to help us fully enjoy the next solar eclipse.

Throw a mini-party with your family or class at school!  Here are some quick ideas:

Find out when the eclipse begins and how long it will last for your location.

Solar eclipse party food or snack idea!

Solar Eclipse Party Food

Since we’ll be in a location where the eclipse will happen around lunchtime, I thought it would be fun to make Eclipse Sandwiches for your kids to enjoy — oh! and they can help make them too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • light color bread
  • dark bread (like a German Wheat Bread or Pumpernickel)
  • orange marmalade (we thought it would look most like the sun)
  • 2 glasses (one with a 2 – 3 inch opening and the other with a slightly smaller opening)

We used two glasses to cut circles in our bread (one glass should be slightly smaller than the other – use the smaller glass to cut out the dark bread circles).

Spread the orange marmalade on the light bread circles and top with the dark bread circles for a full solar eclipse sandwich. If you want to create the eclipse stages like we did, just trim off part of your darker bread circles to represent how the moon will cross in front of the sun during the path of the eclipse.

If you’d like some easy, portable snacks — try these:

Another idea for health, easy & fun Eclipse Party Food are these Eclipse Tostadoes which are also easy for kids to make.

Solar Eclipse Party Ideas: Kids Books to Read Before or After

You can find a few awesome books that will help your kids understand what’s happening during the eclipse along with some great read-alouds that are perfect to share before or after the event.  If you have any kids books about the solar system, check those for details about how an eclipse takes place too.

One of our favorite fiction reads, Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass, shares the stories of three middle school kids — Ally, Bree & Jack — who are very different but their paths all meet at Moon Shadow Campground because their families are there to experience the totality of a solar eclipse.The story focuses on how each of us grows and changes as we age, and how it can be tough to ‘outgrow’ friendships.  An awesome read aloud for older kids who probably know the science behind the eclipse but will really enjoy some of the cultural insight into how people approach such an event! If you’re using this in a classroom or for home school, there’s also a wonderful book discussion & activity guide you can print out.

If your looking for non-ficiton books that explain what’s taking place during the eclipse, try:

Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing (Science of Fun Stuff) is an amazing book that goes in-depth to explain the sun, moon and stars — having a basic understanding of the sky is a must if you’re trying to explain an eclipse.  The back has a special section with details on the solar eclipse. Perfect for ages 5 – 8 years.

And When the Sun Goes Dark is one of the few books that is focused on a solar eclipse.  Readers will be introduced to some easy science activities and understand the why & how an eclipse takes place.  Great for ages 9 – 12 years.

See our full list of solar eclipse books and party ideas in our Amazon storefront too!

And check out the Kids Discover website for their 2024 Solar Eclipse resources including some FREE educational videos and explanations on how an eclipse occurs.

Glasses for the Solar Eclipse

If you don’t have a pair of solar eclipse glasses yet, order them NOW!

I can’t harp on this enough — safety with glasses is HUGE!  We don’t want kids ruining their eyesight for the rest of their lives just because they looked through the wrong filters, right?!

You’ll want to be sure and get solar eclipse glasses that are CE & ISO certified for the event (this means they will keep your eyes safe because they are using the correct filter paper recommended & tested by NASA).

Solar Eclipse 2024 activities

Eclipse Science Activities to do as a Group

It’s not all about the sun & moon for this event believe it or not!

While we’ll all be treated to a rare sight, there will be a LOT happening as the sun crosses over the moon.  For example, things will get dark during the middle of the day so you may feel weather changes, hear insects that normally sound in the evening and the birds may stop chirping.

You can get involved in some cool REAL LIFE science activities during the eclipse that are perfect for kids from ages 8 – 18 to do or families to do together —

Younger kids will enjoy creating a solar eclipse from play dough!  Just use this 3D Moon Phases activity as a guide.

Observation Tips for the Solar Eclipse

  • Remember, we are all looking UP to see the eclipse so don’t worry about the crowds but DO consider things like tall buildings or trees when choosing your viewing location.
  • Younger kids might get a little nervous if they aren’t crazy over the dark so have a ‘lovey’ on hand if they need to feel comforted and assure them that darkness will only happen for a minute or two depending on where you’re located.
  • Bring snacks!  The total amount of time for the entire eclipse can be 1 – 2 hours depending on where you are so have something to eat & water with you.

Wishing you clear skies on April 8, 2024!

More Moon & Star Activities:

Phases of the Moon Activities for Kids

Marshmallow Constellations & the Night Sky