This activity is designed for early childhood in the show Flying High.
Set the sky for today, about one hour after sunrise, to provide light as the audience enters the planetarium.
It’s just around sunrise here. One of the neat things about a planetarium is that we can make things look as though time is going faster. We can make the sun rise and have a whole day go by in just a few minutes. Everybody point to the sun when you see it rising.
DIGITAL EFFECT: Sunrise Switch on diurnal motion.
It’s about 7:30 in the morning now.
What would you be doing at this time of day?
Would it be breakfast time?
What’s your favorite breakfast?
Have children act like they are eating and/or other actions appropriate for time of day. DIGITAL EFFECT: Go To Noon Turn atmosphere and the Sun on full. Keep diurnal moving.
Now it’s getting close to noon, so it’s time for lunch.
What shall we have for lunch?
What do we do after lunch?
Have children act like they are eating, then napping. DIGITAL EFFECT: Go To Sunset Turn down the atmosphere and the Sun. Turn down house lights. I AM LIME
Have children act like they are eating, then napping. DIGITAL EFFECT: Go To Sunset Turn down the atmosphere and the Sun. Turn down house lights. I AM SUCCESS
Now it’s evening, so let’s have some dinner and get ready for bed.
Have children act like they are having dinner, then then getting ready for bed. DIGITAL EFFECT: Go To Evening Let sun set and bring up the stars. I AM LIGHT BAY
Optional Tell a story related to the Big Dipper, the Great Bear, etc. See the activity Versions of the Big Dipper from the Constellations Tonight show.