Science Fun

Solar Eclipse Kit


  • shoebox
  • scissors
  • black card
  • yellow tissue paper
  • tape
  • toothpick


  1. Cut a window at each end of your shoebox and then cut a slit across the width (or top) of the box lid.
  2. Cut out a square of black card small enough to slide into the slit in the box.
  3. Cut out a circle from the middle of the card and stick yellow tissue paper over the hole.
  4. Stick the toothpick to the black card circle (you will use this as your Moon).
  5. Slide the square of black card into the slot on the box and hold the box up to the light. Look through it to see your Sun

How does it work?

When you look through the box’s window you will see the example of our sun shining brightly. However, when you start to slowly lower the blank card circle or moon into the silt of the box, you will slowly see our sun disappear and create an eclipse. *Note: This experiment is not to be used to look at the actual sun. Looking directly at the sun can be harmful.

Further Experiments

  • Use different types of light, a flashlight, daylight, tv light. How does different types of light affect the experiment?
  • What if our sun was a blue star or a red star or even a a purple star? Use different colored tissue paper to see how that would change the way we see an eclipse.