Lie Back, Look Up

Family adventures with the night sky

Lie Back, Look Up - Family adventures with the night sky


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Constellation Cards

These Constellation Cards can be printed and enjoyed over and over again with your family. They will be available free-of-charge throughout the summer. The cards are a great way to encourage your kids in their love of the stars. There are many uses for children (and adults!) of all ages. See this post for ideas on how to use them.


Sky Maps

     Summer Sky Map

     Summer Sky Map for Kids

     Fall Sky Map

     Fall Sky Map for Kids

     Winter Sky Map

     Winter Sky Map for Kids

     Spring Sky Map

     Spring Sky Map for Kids


Stargazing Diary

Help your kids to establish a record of their night sky viewing with this Stargazing Diary.  Each page includes space for your child to draw what they see, as well as writing prompts to encourage discussion and imagination.  It’s never too early to encourage your little astronomer!


You may print our activities for your own personal, non-commercial use. Our printables may not be hosted on any other web site, blog, forum, etc.


  • John says:

    Thanks very much for an easy to use site with great tools. My cub scout den will love these tonight.

    March 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    • admin says:

      I’m so glad– My son is a cub scout and I love that they have an astronomy requirement!

      March 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  • Jamie says:

    Love it!! Thanks so much for proving an educational activity that our kids will go crazy for!

    May 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    • Jamie says:

      I meant providing- thank goodness I’m not the teacher;)

      May 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm
  • Sara says:

    Really nice website, easy to use and nice to have free printables.

    June 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm
  • Ronda says:

    Thank you soooo much for offering such a wonderful resource for us new Star Gazers! Its a bit overwhelming when you seriously began to explore what you have seen all your life. We just purchased a telescope for our daughter and have been looking for hands on activities for her besides books. Thank you for the swell free printables, especially the diary ( my daughter loves to draw 🙂 Your creative resources as well as commitment to involving and sharing with families is truly appreciated. We’re looking forward to spending lots of time on your website learning all we can about the Heavens~

    September 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm
    • admin says:

      Thank you for the feedback! I’m so glad that you’ve found some helpful resources 🙂

      October 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm


    Family Stargazing

  • Jane Taylor says:

    Winter Sky map is actually missing ..Brilliant though!

    October 31, 2014 at 10:40 am
  • elena tugade says:

    I can use this educational resources in my science class. thank you so much…

    February 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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  • Liz LaRosa says:

    My 6th graders enjoyed using your constellation cards and made shoebox viewers with them. I shared your resource on my blog. Thank you! Liz

    May 27, 2015 at 2:38 am
  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for the printables – this will be so helpful! When I followed the link for the Winter Sky Map for Kids, it pulled up the same map as the Spring Sky Map (labeled Spring Night Sky). Are they meant to be the same? Do you have a Winter Sky Map for Kids that is someplace else? I don’t mean to sound picky, it’s just that you have provided such a great resource and I’d like to be able to use this when teaching. Thanks!

    October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm
    • admin says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I just updated the link.

      October 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm
  • Antonia says:

    Thank you so much for this great resource! I’m going to use it with my son during our camping trip to earn his astronomy badge for cub scouts!

    March 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

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