I know it’s difficult juggling work, family and having time for yourself. Just a few little things though can help out your kids with these exciting subjects. There are many days when I feel like the only thing I can do is put them in front of the TV whilst I cook the dinner. I just have to try and remind myself that if I remember what resources are out there, maybe they could watch a programme or YouTube channel about Space…
I know it’s easy to say but try not to be negative about a subject to your kids, epecially if you don’t know anything about it. I always have to keep reminding myself not to say ‘oh I was rubbish at that’. I always find I need a refresher on subjects anyway! It can be fun all getting involved and sharing the learning experience!
I’m a bit biased on this subject though as I LOVE SPACE! I studied aeronautics and have always longed to go into space. I even applied to work at NASA once for a summer placement… they took over a year to come back to me! I did receive a nice postcard from them though 🙂
Anyway… I digress! Space… so many fun things to learn.
I love to buy books about a subject, or take a quick trip to the local library. It’s so nice to flick through a book in an evening and learn more about a subject – Space in this instance!
The National Geographic and Usbourne books are often my favourite – you might see a theme going on through these blog posts (but no I don’t work for them!).
I’ve also put a link to the Planetarium model. It’s really good fun and explains how the planets orbit around the sun. We have one of these but we are missing one planet…lost in a bedroom forever I think!
I also like this Space craft book – it gives some good ideas for making things. Just remember to stock up on all your cardboard boxes, paint and glue!
I’ve added this link to the National Geographic Kids site – just a great resource!
Making the planets
We went to Hobbycraft and bought lots of polystyrene spheres and wooden skewers. We stuck the skewers into the balls and poked them through a carboard box so that the kids could paint. They then looked at photos to see what colour the planets were…e.g. Earth is green and blue, Mars looks red and planets further away from the sun are more bluey grey!
Below are just some fun activities we’ve done in our house. I would upload a photo of the tinfoil covered rocket we made – but it’s still at school!
Fun drawing of the Earth
Turning your bedroom into the Solar System!
Solar System Poem
I’m not sure about your kids but mine love watching YouTube. There are some good resources on there, and we had this video on loop as my youngest loved hearing about all the planets!
Learning the planets
Gone are the days when there were 9 planets… poor Pluto! The rhymes we used to use are now redundant. So – how do you teach the order of the planets? I would love to hear some suggestions in the comments
Here’s one way…
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles!
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
Again…. poor Pluto. Pluto is now a dwarf planet.