Space Activities for Kids

We are space junkies in our house.

Doctor Who … and the fabulous Sarah Jane Adventures … have a lot to answer for.

But in my defence my grandpa and grandma both worked on Britains first rocket programme in the 1930s …

How cool is that?

One of the things I love about everything to do with space is that it brings out such a complete sense of wonderment in everyone from 4 to 94!

My daughter’s interest in the planets was first sparked by some cool pictures of Saturn …

… she was beyond excited to discover that Saturn was “her” planet as she’s born in January.

As she’s found out more she’s had great fun creating her own inter-planetary top trumps based on the rest of the family’s planets; mummy’s is the biggest and has the most moons :-)

And although it’s been a bit cold for star gazing she’s been able to find … with the help of Star Chart on the iPad … Jupiter, Orion, the Dippers, Sirius & more from the bedroom windows.

We were able to discover more about the structure of the solar system including the asteroid belt from this fantastic Solar System puzzle for Christmas we got for Christmas and even better it got my 94 year old grandma talking about her days working on the rocket programme.

It was so inspiring for my daughter to hear this first hand from her great-grandma.

We’re very excited about a planned visit to the National Space Museum to find out more about the rocket programme my grandparents worked on but in the meantime we’ve been on the look out for fun space activities and are absolutely loving these …

Most of them are super simple from things you’ve already got handy in the house and don’t need you need to bone up too much on your long forgotten school science.

25 Space Activities for Kids

Constellation Hunt … Life with Moore Babies

Constellations with Rocks … Creekside Learning

Balloon Rockets … Paging Fun Mums

Launch Your Own Rocket … Science Sparks

Constellation Viewer … School Time Snippets

Playdough Planets … Childhood Beckons

Junk Model Space Rockets … Nurture Store

Paper Plate Planets – Se7en Hoods

DIY Telescope … Hands On As We Grow

Constellation Lacing … Sorting Sprinkles

Explore the size of the galaxy  … Teach Beside Me

Oreo Phases of the Moon … How to Home School My Child

Sensory Play … Taming the Goblin

Crayon Resist Stars … Arsty Momma

Footprint Rocket Picture … Fun Hand Print Art