We kicked off our space theme this week and so far it’s been a hit. In our lessons, we did an overview of the solar system–its structure, the planets, moons, stars, asteroids, comets, and meteors.
This is our Melissa & Doug Solar System puzzle. So far Joey loves it and we seem to put the puzzle together at least twice a day.
Sometimes Joey likes to match the planets from our sensory tub to the planets on the puzzle.
A Space Sensory Tub
While I really wanted to use the moon sand recipe, I couldn’t find sand at our Target or Wal-Mart and couldn’t make it to a craft store. Joey hasn’t seemed to mind. I had this play foam and it’s worked well, except I can’t get the glitter off the table.
There’s also figures from our space toob and glow in the dark planets and stars.
I tied a ribbon around Joey’s waist and tethered the other end to a weight. Then he orbited around “the sun.” He had a lot of fun and wanted to start walking around different planets.
These are the 3-part cards I made using the Open Clip Art Library. You can download the planet 3-part cards and sorting planets printables* here:
*Note: I made these back in 2012 and since then more dwarf planets have been discovered. These cards do not have Makemake or Haumea.
We took a trip to our local science center and found this! It’s a Gemini trainer. While this particular one never left Earth it helped prepare astronauts in the 1960s for their missions.
It was so tiny! I couldn’t imagine sitting in such a small compartment and traveling through space!
Also, if you’re doing a space unit you might want to download Google Sky. It’s a pretty neat (and free) app. I have it on my phone and whichever way I hold my phone, we can see what is in the sky in that area.
Even if the phone is facing downward toward the ground, the app will show you what planets, stars, or constellations could be seen if you were on the opposite side of the earth. Pretty cool!
If you use Google Sky on your computer, you can see the constellations, different pictures the Hubble has taken and where they are in space, see different galaxies, supernovas, and stars forming. FAQ for Google Sky is a helpful page that answers a few questions about Google Sky and how to use it.
Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury are aligning. Apparently, this weekend was a great time to see them, but they’ll still be visible for a few more days andÂ JupiterÂ and Venus we should be able to see into March.
- Planets Align: Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, & Moon to Appear
- See Venus and Jupiter in HD with Just Your Naked Eyes
- See Venus, Jupiter & Moon Align in Weekend Celestial Show
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