Explore Nebulae Through Art: Teach Children New Science Concepts

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This Art Project is fun and simple way for kids to explore nebulae.

Kids seem fascinated by anything related to space. Recently, my son became fascinated with stars, planets, and nebulae. As luck would have it, our family was working on our goal to experience Plentiful Living with a Minimalist Approach to Life. I had decided that it was time to purge my craft supplies. My son had decided to do his science project on outer space. These two goals collided and exploded into a beautiful art project.

Explore Nebulae Through Art Teach Children New Science Concepts

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Materials for this science themed art project:

Liquid Water Colors

Instructions for this cool art technique:

  • Make sure you have a workspace where the children can make their nebula art project without making too big of a mess.
  • Have them put white glue on canvas
  • Then use a dropper to add watercolor concentrate on to to the glue.
  • Take a toothpick and swirl. Be careful not to mix the colors together.
  • Add glitter and allow to dry. (If you have an aversion to glitter, you can skip this step.  )
  • Talk about how different materials react differently when combined. What characteristics make them behave the way they do? Does it make a difference is one substance is thicker or more oily?

Nebula painting Instructions

Have the kids do some astronomy research. 

After the painting was done we went online to discover more about nebulae. Beautiful dust clouds form in space and the materials in the clouds form nebulae. There are different types of nebulae. Did you know that planetary nebulae are made when a star runs out of fuel to burn? What happens next is amazing.

Nebula Painting

More ways that the kids can explore nebulae and astronomy:

We are fortunate to live near an observatory where we can look through their telescope during their visitor days but if you don’t there are many online resources.

We love NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. You can go through their archive and find pictures for any of your family’s special days or you can peruse the pictures and learn more about astronomy

Learn About Nebulae With Kids Astronomy.

The BBC has more information on Nebulae.

Kid Info has a wealth of resources for discovering more about these beautiful gas clouds.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics offers a really cool feature where you can choose an astronomical object to observe and they will email you the photo.

Science and art activities are a great way to teach children new science concepts!

We find that combining art or craft projects with learning new concepts is a brilliant way to keep children engaged as they learn. The kids have Fun with Science in Art so we looked for, and found, some more amazing projects that combine science and art. One teacher explains how she has her students Discover Science Through Art-Based Activities. She felt that by doing activities like this, that she was meeting the needs of her students. Here are 12 ways to integrate science and art activities and you might want to check out some easy and simple ways to explore and create science-art projects.

Explore Nebulae Through Art


  1. I love that your “goals collided” to create beautiful art. That is truly gorgeous! I have to admit that might make me waver on purging art supplies.


  2. Wow, these came out awesome! I want to try this technique!


  3. These are beautiful!! I’m sure they were very proud of their work. Love this project!!


    1. Thanks, Susan. It was a lot of fun.


  4. Wow-that turned out so great!! A planetarium just opened up nearby that I’ve been wanting to take the kids to, hopefully it’s cool.


    1. That sounds like a fun summer field trip.


  5. What a wonderful idea, I took The Boy to the planetarium the other day and we explored the idea of nebulas etc. I bet he’d love to do this.

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tutorials.


  6. That’s beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with the #pinitparty. Have pinned.


    1. Thanks for hosting!


  7. These look great!
    Your very lucky to live so close by to a great telescope, looking online is not quite the same. It’s high on our list to get a decent one ourselves as the universe is quite amazing 🙂


    1. It is true, looking online is not the same. We want our own telescope, too!


    1. Thanks, Tricia, it was loads of fun!


  8. I ABSOLUTELY love these. These would make a great addition to the family room art work. I can’t wait to be able to do this with my little one. Thanks for the great idea.

    Young Love Mommy


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