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How to make a solar eclipse viewer

On the 20th March we are lucky enough to be witnesses to a rare event – no not Johnny winning a Challenge Haven – but the Solar Eclipse!

Many of you may remember the solar eclipse we had in 1999 and marveled at how the sun disappeared. We can do that all again this month but this one is extra special as it will be the last solar eclipse in Europe until August 12th 2026!

As exciting as it is we need to remember to be safe and protect our peepers. That’s why we’ve been busy making our solar eclipse viewer. It’s really simple to make and everything can be found around the house!

How to make a solar eclipse viewer

what you'll need

What you will need:
– a shoe box
– scissors
– foil
– white paper
– tape

Step one 

step one

carefully cut a small square inch at one side of the box

Step two 

step two

cut a square of tin foil big enough to easily cover the hole in the box

 

Step three

step three

securely fasten the foil square on the outside of the box using tape

Step four

Using a pin, poke a hole in the middle of the foil

Using a pin, poke a hole in the middle of the foil

 

Step five 

Place a square of white paper opposite your tin foil on the inside of the box

Place a square of white paper opposite your tin foil on the inside of the box- this is where you will see the eclipse

Step six

cut a 'viewer' hole in the side of your box so you can watch the light disappear.

cut a ‘viewer’ hole in the side of your box

Our top tip when making a solar eclipse viewer!

Before the big day, test out your viewer by shining a light through the hole in the foil!

 

We’d love to see pictures of you using your solar eclipse viewer!
Will you be staying at one of our Haven parks during the eclipse?
Let us know in the comments below!

Comments
  • macy

    Thanks for the easy instructions for making a solar eclipse viewer! Looking forward to making and using it.

    • Hi 🙂

      It’s our pleasure! We’re very excited about the solar eclipse at Haven HQ!