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Make an Eclipse UV Bead Bookmark

This is aSickle-shaped shadows from a Solar Eclipse. 4-H Solar Eclipse activity by Cynthia Canan, PhD, State 4-H STEM Specialist, Ohio State University Extension and Sara Newsome, 4-H Alumnus and STEM Student Assistant, The Ohio State University
Reviewed by: Wayne Schlingman, PhD, Director of the Arne Slettebak Planetarium, The Ohio State University and Zoie Clay, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,Ohio State University Extension-Lawrence County

Topic: Space Science | Estimated time: 30 minutes | For individuals and groups | PDF for PRINTING

NOTE: It is never safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection. The only time this changes is when the moon has completely blocked all parts of the sun during a total solar eclipse.


  • bookmark (printed on white cardstock)

  • hole punch

  • scissors

  • string or ribbon

  • tape or glue

  • UV sensitive beads (4-10 per bookmark)

InstructionsA bookmark with information about the total solar eclipse.

  1. Print and cut out the bookmark.
  2. Fold the bookmark in half. Tape or glue the two sides together.
  3. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark through the marked circle.
  4. Allow students to color and decorate their bookmarks if desired.
  5. Cut a length of string or ribbon 6 to 8 inches long.
  6. Tie the ribbon to the hole in the bookmark.
  7. String the UV beads onto the ribbon, securing each end with a knot.

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ALL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING RISKS BORNE BY THE VIEWER. Any and all risks associated by viewing the solar eclipse on any property operated by, or with glasses distributed by the Ohio State University, are borne and accepted solely by the individual taking such action. Instructions on how to use the glasses are printed on the inside of the glasses. Please read them carefully and follow the instructions exactly as written. You hereby release The Ohio State University, its Trustees, boards, officers, employees and representatives from any liability, for any and all claims and causes of action for loss of or damage to property and for any and all illness or injury to your person that may result from or occur during your participation in the activity, whether caused by negligence of The Ohio State University, its Trustees, boards, officers, employees, or representatives, or otherwise. See instructions on glasses before use.