We made a pinhole in cardboard so we could watch the eclipse, or at least the projection of it on a white piece of cardboard! Well, as white as I could find. After quite a search (of course I did not prepare in advance!) I found one that wasn’t completely painted on. I searched quite a while online to find easy directions with materials we already had and the simplest and clearest directions I found were here. Scroll down to the “Quick and Easy” directions (obviously).
All you need is two pieces of cardboard, one that is white so it’s easier to see the light on it. Cut a square hole in the middle of the first. Cover that hole with foil, tape to secure, and prick it in the middle with a pin. Make sure the hole comes out nice and round. Let the sun shine through and watch the little circle on the other, white cardboard shrink into a smaller and smaller crescent! And then grow back again if you have the patience. Pretty cool!
We started out in the front, but as the shadow of the house grew longer, we moved to the back yard. However that proved to be overshadowed by our tall fence, so the best spot ended up on our living room couch! It got pretty dark in the house, but it’s just now starting to get light again. Pretty exciting stuff! I was much more excited than the kids, but they did enjoy seeing the circle on the paper change to look like a crescent moon for a second or two.
As I stopped to blog this, the only 5 minutes I picked up my computer today, thank you, my daughter was none too happy to not have my full attention and jumped into my lap. I picked her up by the waist to move her to sit next to me on the couch and she protested, kicking her feet, one of which came right down onto the keyboard of my brand new laptop!! My heart skipped a beat and I couldn’t breathe for a moment! I quickly scooped up the computer and runaway key and went into the kitchen till I could breathe and until I knew I wouldn’t kill my daughter. It was not her fault. After all, she’s not even two, and I shouldn’t have been sitting on the couch with my laptop so near to kidzilla… But, it’s hard not to be furious and want to throttle someone, even if that someone is an innocent, too cute for words, little toddler!
Of course she ran after, batting her sweet little eyes, saying, “mommy? mommy?” I just took some slow, meditative breaths, checked that no further damage to my precious computer was evident, a few more calming breaths and then rejoined the family once I knew my head would not explode and produce unfavorable words I could not take back.