Constellation Fruit Gummies

Today’s astronomy lesson is a tasty one.  Fruity, to be exact.  These Constellation Fruit Gummies give kids a chance to identify their constellations with star shaped fruit gummies, made from scratch.  Plus, there’s a free printable…  It makes a perfect snack for that after-schooling STEM learning session.  This post contains affiliate links.

Constellation Fruit Gummies give kids the chance to learn about astronomy with a fruity homemade snack.  Perfect for STEM afterschooling & home schooling.

How to Eat & Learn

To do this activity, print out the free Constellation Fruit Gummies Printable and make the fruit gummies.

Constellation Printable

In the Constellation Fruit Gummies Printable you’ll find 8 different star patterns, chosen for their visibility in the sky and for their notoriety. Oh and for how many stars they have.  Sagittarius is a pretty cool looking constellation, but your kiddo would never eat dinner because there are so many stars in it.

  • Ursa Major (The Great Bear)
  • The Big Dipper
  • Ursa Minor (Lesser Bear) which is home to the North Star
  • Orion (The Hunter)
  • Canis Major (The Great Dog)
  • Taurus (The Bull)
  • Gemini (The Twins)
  • Scorpio (The Scorpion)

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In addition to the gummy play pages, you’ll see a summary page with a drawing of the constellation to help kids envision that it’s a bear, a bull, etc.  Oh, and I highly recommend either laminating the printable or covering them with plastic wrap.  Don’t do as I did and assume that a regular print out is fine.  You’ll have black gummies.  Not yummy at all…

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Now then there’s the Big Dipper.  I learned something while compiling these printables.  The Big Dipper isn’t technically a constellation.  Since it’s actually a part of Ursa Major (The Great Bear), it is an asterism.  An asterism is what astronomers call interesting star patterns that aren’t constellations.  I decided to include it because it’s often the first (and sometimes the only) star pattern that kiddos can easily find.

Constellation Fruit Gummies Recipe

  • 2 cups fruit juice (I used peach mango for a yellowish tone.  Fruit / Veggie blends work well too.)
  • 4 packets Knox Gelatin (other brands are fine, check package size if using a different brand)
  • Honey to taste
  • Small star cookie or fondant cutter (mine is ~2/3″) {affiliate}
  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups of juice into a small sauce pan.  Heat over medium heat until it reaches a gentle boil.
  2. While juice heats, pour remaining 1/2 cup of the juice into a small bowl.  Add gelatin and let bloom for five minutes.
  3. Add gelatin to heated juice and stir until fully dissolved.
  4. Take a quick taste of the juice mixture.  Is it sweet enough for you?  Add honey and stir until it is.
  5. Pour mixture into 9″ x 13″ pan.  This is bigger than many of my gummy recipes because you want the stars to be thin.  Thick stars means they’ll fill up before they learn many constellations…
  6. Chill for 1-2 hours and remove from pan by pulling out gummy in one piece by running a knife along edges.  Then place on a cutting board and cut into stars using your star cutter.  The remaining non-star scraps can be cup up into pieces and eaten.
  7. Store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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11 thoughts on “Constellation Fruit Gummies”

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  2. Such a neat idea Anne! My son has been obsessed with all things space lately – we just picked up a cardboard box from Home Depot the other day to make a “rocket ship” at home. We will have to try this for sure! Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I love the constellation activity and printable! We haven’t talked about constellations yet, so this will be perfect. Thanks for including our play dough activity in today’s post.

    1. leftbraincraftbrain

      Love your planet play dough! It’s been fun introducing space stuff to my daughter this month.

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