Spark Cosmic Curiosity: 8 Space Activities for Kids

Embarking on a journey through the vastness of space has always captivated the imaginations of young explorers. For children with an insatiable curiosity about the cosmos, there are numerous engaging and educational activities that can nurture their fascination with space.

From stargazing parties under a twinkling sky to hands-on science experiments that simulate rocket launches, the possibilities are as boundless as the universe itself. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or mentor, empower them to reach for the stars and beyond. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an adventure that will send imaginations soaring into the cosmos!

Here are a few of our favorite ideas to spark the interest of children who are interested in space:

Host a Stargazing Party

Organize a stargazing party where children can gather in an open area away from city lights and learn about different constellations, planets, and other celestial objects. Provide telescopes or binoculars and encourage them to observe the night sky.

Create Space-Themed Crafts

Engage children in space-themed crafts such as creating a solar system mobile, designing and decorating their own rockets or spaceships, or making galaxy-themed slime or playdough.

Read Space-themed Books

Introduce children to age-appropriate space books and movies that are both educational and entertaining. Some popular choices include “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe or the “Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System” by Joanna Cole.

We recently received a free copy of “The Astronaut’s Guide To Leaving The Planet” from Workman Publishing in exchange for a free and unbiased review. It’s the perfect book for children with cosmic curiosity!

Terry Virts, the world-renowned astronaut known for piloting a Space Shuttle and commanding the ISS, answers the questions of young readers looking to the stars. Answering all their questions from how you become an astronaut to how you use the bathroom in zero gravity. This visually beautiful book is chock full of information, activities, stunning photography and much more!

Take Virtual Field Trips

Take children on virtual field trips to space-related destinations such as NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or planetariums. Many organizations offer online tours and educational resources to explore the wonders of space.

Try Science Experiments

Conduct simple space-themed science experiments to engage children’s curiosity. For example, create a “moon” by combining flour and oil, simulate a rocket launch using vinegar and baking soda, or make a DIY comet using dry ice and other household items.

Tip: You’ll find a wealth of activities in “The Astronaut’s Guide To Leaving The Planet“!

Spark Cosmic Curiosity: 8 Space Activities for Kids

Attend Space Camp or Classes

Enroll children in space camps or classes that provide hands-on activities and educational opportunities focused on astronomy, space exploration, and rocketry. Many science centers and museums offer programs specifically designed for young space enthusiasts.

Play Astronaut for a Day

Plan a day where children can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut. Set up a mini space mission simulation with different stations like astronaut training exercises, building and launching paper rockets, and sampling space-themed food like astronaut ice cream.

Meet an Astronomer

Arrange a visit or virtual session with an astronomer or space scientist who can share their knowledge, experiences, and answer children’s questions about space. This interaction can inspire and motivate them to learn more.

Remember to tailor these activities based on the children’s age and level of understanding. Encourage them to ask questions, explore, and be creative in their learning journey.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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