This month in our Mother Goose Time Curriculum we are learning out Space. Each month we use a the preschool curriculum with our preschooler, but my 1st grader loves to do the activities with him. I look around and put together activities that are a little more challenging for him to do along with our unit. So here is my round up of all of the great outer space resources I have found for the month.
Great Outer Space Learning Ideas For Kids
Our Favorite Astronomy Books on Amazon
Most of our astronomy books have been purchased from the thrift store or through Scholastic book club purchases. I am, however, providing you with Amazon links to some of our favorite books.
- This First Space Encyclopedia is a wonderful space resource
- The Magic School But Lost in the Solar System
- The Cat In The Hat, There’s No Place Like Space
- Lets Read and Find Out Science ~ The Planets In Our Solar System
- Let’s Read and Find Out Series ~ The Moon Seems To Change
- The Moon Book
- Let’s Read and Find Out ~ Gravity Is A Mystery
- Eyewitness Books ~ Astronomy
- Osborne First Encyclopedia of Space
- The Usborne Spotter’s Guide ~ The Night Sky
Astronomy Hands on Learning Ideas
- We have a page with a list to all of our astronomy ideas we have shared over the years.
- Kids Astronomy offers many fun learning ideas, including puzzles, jokes, coloring, and games.
- Here is our post on the Sun, with links to a printable sun book.
- Here is our post on the Moon, including our phases of the moon books we made.
- Our post on galaxies and black holes, including links to a FREE printable black hole game we played.
- NASA Offers many different learning ideas for educators including printables, podcasts, videos, and many different ideas for teaching your next space unit.
- National Geographic Kids offers many different astronomy related learning ideas anything from learning about the planets, games, space history and more.
- Science Kids is an amazing resource with many different tools for teaching your next astronomy unit. Some of the great things they have are project ideas, lesson plans, videos, images, and more.
- For the latest in space news, instructions in how to use telescopes, photos, videos, mars rover updates and videos, and much more stop over and check out Space.com.
- Looking for a guide for stargazing? The Hubblesite offers just that, along with other great information that would go great with an Astronomy unit.
- Astronomy Picture Of the Day, daily astronomy photos have been posted since 1995 so there is a huge resource of photos on this site perfect for reports and more.
- NASA’S newest and most advanced telescope’s photos, videos, and other great things can be found on this site.
- Great information on black holes can be found on cosmology that can answer just about any questions you could have on black holes.
- Solar Views offers many different solar system photos, puzzles, posters, and other great learning ideas.
- This site offers updates on any upcoming eclipses.
- Looking for information about the moon? This site offers many different moon information.
- This website contains information about each of the planets as well as different space terms.
- This site would be a great resource for kids to understand why Pluto is no longer considered a planet.
- This site offers a free open source planetarium for your PC or Mac computer.
- Using the Google Earth program kids can explore the sky including planets, the sun, stars, and more.
- NASA offers this site for kids to explore and learn about the planets, the sun, people, and technology about astronomy.
- NASA Education offers learning ideas for kids K-4.
- Here you will find information about the food and drinks that astronauts eat in space, this is a fun and great resource.
- Learn about the history of space flight, astronaut information, and many other great facts.
Outer Space Sensory Ideas
- Here is one of our favorite outer space sensory bin ideas, we have put this bin together many different times during our outer space units.
- This is the sensory bin we used a couple weeks ago for our Blast Off To Space Unit.
- Here is a fun outer space sensory box idea using black rocks.
- Here is another fun sensory bin idea using white rice, cookie cutters, and pom poms.
- Make some galaxy play dough for some great sensory fun.
- Make your own Galaxy Slime.
- Make Moon rocks while learning about the Moon.
- Make paper mache planets.
- Make your own space rocks to practice Montessori practical life skills, add to sensory bins, or use for hands-on math ideas.
- Practice handwriting, spelling, math, and more in this homemade moon dust.
- This recipe for space slime is great hands on play for your astronomy unit.
- Make a space jar with your star or constellation unit.
- Outer Space play dough is a perfect sensory idea for kids during your space unit.
- Make some colored moon rocks to put in a sensory bin or just to play with.\
Online Astronomy Games
- Learning Games For Kids offers many different online games for learning about astronomy.
- NASA Kids Club offers a few fun online games for kids.
- Kids National Graphic has a fun game called Space Janitor.
- The Kidz Page offers some planet and astronomy slider puzzles.
- Learn4Good has a planet escape game great for kids.
- Education.com offers a great preschool letter learning game called Alphabet Space Photoshoot.
- Fun Brain has some fun online math games for younger kids, of course space themed.
- Looking for some online quizzes for early elementary for kids? This site is a great resource for quizzes.
- Ducksters has a fun game called Fast Math in Outer Space, great for practicing math facts while learning about outer space.
Outer Space Craft Ideas
- Here is a great list of 12 different craft ideas over at No Time For Flashcards.
- Family fun crafts has a huge list of fun space craft ideas.
- And Next Comes L shared this fun yarn wrapped planets idea that would be a fun craft idea for your unit.
- Make this adorable toilet roll space space shuttle craft idea, from Pink Stripey Socks.
- These super simple and adorable fun moon art idea from Mrs. Russell’s Class, she also has a couple other great Goodnight Moon craft ideas.
- 20 Out of This world DIY Sun, Moon, & Stars craft ideas from Little Red Window.
- Learning in Spain shares this great printable to make a printable moon phases foldable.
- Make a moon phases box using a shoe box like the one shown over at Science Notebooking.
- DLTK has quite a long list of craft ideas for kids.
- Red Ted Art shared this list of 20 craft ideas for kids that has some great ideas!
- 4 Crafty Kidz has a very large list of some simply amazing craft ideas for kids.
- Education.com has a list of 11 different outer space craft ideas.
- About Home has a good list of fun outer space craft ideas perfect for a rainy day or during your next outer space theme.
Outer Space Recipe Ideas
- This looks like a delicious and healthy space snack idea.
- These Earth cookies would be a delicious snack for any astronomy unit!
- This moon cake ould be a great desert for to go along with a meal during your studies.
- These rocket fruit kabobs would be a great healthy snack idea.
- Make star shaped sandwiches for lunch, what a great idea!
- Star shaped cheese with some crackers would make a great themed snack idea.
- Here are some great space party snack ideas.
- You can make a solar oven while studying about the sun and eat some homemade food.
- Make some astronaut pudding to eat.
- Make some easy to make rocket pops.
- Here is a list of different space snacks
- Goldfish space snacks makes a great themed snack during your space unit.
- This lunch idea looks delicious.
- These graham cracker snacks would be perfect and simple to make.
- Make phases of the moon with Oreo cookies.
Astronomy Resources on Amazon
- Foam Outer Space Stickers
- Outer Space Stampers
- Solar System Planetarium
- Styrofoam Solar System Model
- 3D Planets In A Tube
- Outer Space TOOB
- Space Stickers
- Outer Space Velvet Color In Poster
- 100 Piece Outer Space Puzzle
- 48 Piece Puzzle
- My First Outer Space Science Kit
- Star Beads
- Outer Space Card Game
- Outer Space Stencils
- Space Cookie Cutters
- Rocket Cake Pan
Our Favorite Astronomy videos on Amazon, YouTube, and other online resources.
- NASA’s television channel offers over 300 different videos about astronomy it is an amazing resource.
- Space.com offers many great videos for Astronomy education.
- This is a great short video for kids teaching about the moon.
- Here is a Bill Nye the Science Guy video on space, a great resource for teaching older kids. Just a note of caution that the Bill Nye science videos are evolution based, we discuss this with the kids before they watch videos like this so that there is no confusion
- The magic school Bus gets Lost In Space video, great for kids. Magic School Bus is one of our favorite shows.
- This is a very informative video, the voices are interesting but my kids enjoyed it.
Amazon Prime FREE Videos
- The Solar System: Outer Gas Planets is available for FREE to Amazon Prime Members. In this video you will take a trip on the Voyager to explore the outer gas planets in our solar system.
- The Solar System: Sun & Inner Rock Planets. In this video you will learn about Mercury, Venus, Mars and learn about gravity and momentum that keeps the planets orbiting around the sun.
- The Solar System: Stars, Light Years, and The Milky Way. This video explains in detail light years.
- Galaxies and The Expanding Universe. This video will show students the Hubble Space telescope and clustered galaxies through out the universe.
- Cosmic Journeys. Contains many different episodes that answer many different questions about outer space.
- Comet Encounter Season 1. This video follows a once in a lifetime event Comet ISON’s brush with the sun.
- Drawing With Mark is another free Amazon Prime video. In this video Mark teaches kids how to draw Saturn and learn about some space facts.
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