Navigate your way through summer by building your own quadrant! Buy a craft bag in the gift shop or do it at home! Each month we will do a new craft! On scheduled open gallery days, kids can do the craft in Kids Cove! This month is a build your own quadrant, an early tool used to navigate the seas.

Sailors used quadrants and the North Star, which stays stationary in the sky, to help find how far away from the equator they were. Sailors would aim the quadrant to the North star and see the angle the string fell on. The angle would determine how far away they were from the equator!

Supply List:

  • Cardboard or heavy paper
  • One Straw
  • A cutout of a quadrant – Quadrant Printable
  • String
  • Washer
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Glue stick
  • Hole-punch

Need some supplies? Order the craft bag with everything you’ll need for this activity!

Craft Guide

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Print and cut out this Quadrant Print
  2. Using a glue stick, glue the quadrant onto some cardboard or heavy paper.
  3. Make a hole through the paper and the cardboard where the paper is labeled
  4. Attach your string to the quadrant on one end and attach the washer to the other end.
  5. Glue your straw to the part that says, Glue straw here.
  6. Go look at the stars and see what you can learn!

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