Galactic Art

A toothbrush (yes, a toothbrush!) is the secret to these imaginary galaxies. Add your own black holes, planets, rockets, or alien spaceships!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Super messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    These two wanted to trace circles around something, so we opted for using cups and glasses instead of a compass.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    They wanted all sorts of stars in their galactic scenes, so we put a bit of paint out for dipping. I showed them how to rub their fingers over the toothbrush bristles, sending little tiny droplets flying over their papers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    While we waited for the stars to dry, Maddie and our friend made their planets. First they decided on the size, and traced them, and cut them out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    They painted some,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    put rings around others (it was my job to cut out the 'inner' part of the ring). The rest were marbled or smeared with oil pastels. When the planets were glued into their proper places, the kids added rockets!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    What does your made-up galaxy look like?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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