LET'S LEARN ABOUT PLANETS!
1-2-3 Blast-Off! Are you ready for takeoff? Begin with these intro questions:
*What do you already know about outer space?
**What do you think it's like in outer space?
***Is there anything that would be difficult about going to outer space?
****Would you ever want to visit a planet? Which one? Why?
What does it look like in space? Use chalk on black or dark blue paper to show kids what outer space looks like OR let them imagine on their own!
Learning about Planets with this catchy song and short video: click here!
Space Mobile - Supplies: wire hanger, string, pictures of planets, tape
Draw the sun on one end of the hanger and connect strings with each of the other planets.
Discuss: Which planet is closest to the sun? Which is farthest? What is different about the planets closer and farther from the sun?
Learning the letter P - Draw an uppercase and lowercase P on a paper - can you color/paint it in with colors that start with p? Can you draw objects around it that begin with the letter P?
CAN WE GO TO THE MOON?
What type of helmet do you think astronauts wear? Using recycled boxes and anything else you find around your house, make a helmet for your little astronauts so they can be safe in space!
Outer Space Bingo is a great way to review everything about the planets and our galaxy. Click here for a free printable Bingo game.
Moon Rock HuntPart 1- make tinfoil balls into different shapes and sizes.
Part 2- hide the balls and have someone else go find them!
Looking for a sensory activity? Make Moon Sand with a mixture of flour and baby oil - click here for the quick how-to.
Mystery Science website - search "outer space" for tons of cool space ideas! Make a quick free login and click here to learn about what happens to astronauts balance, height and muscles while in space! (Geared towards older kids)
Make an outer space sensory bottle. Search here for fun ideas or simply add some food coloring, water, glitter and foam cutout stars to any recycled bottle with a tight seal.
Healthy moon snacks
Rocket fruit kebob
Solar system cupcakes