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It’s easy to get kids excited about space science. Who wouldn’t want to help astronauts launch into space or even be an astronaut? Imagine the excitement of discovering a new planet or galaxy! My daughter is a dreamer, stargazer and she loves both math and science. She loves using her telescope and reading books about space, and is obsessed with the rocket launches out of Kennedy Space Center. I think it is great that she is reaching for the stars and wants to be a space scientist when she grows up, and have to admit that it’s been a lot of fun for me too finding activities and ways to foster this interest.
Inspire kids to reach for the stars.
We recently read a book from Wordfire Press, Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine by author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil. This book was such a great inspiration for her (and me) to dream big and be kind. Danielle not only dreams big, but she takes action and achieves some pretty incredible things. She does it all while being kind and helping others. Danielle is just the sort of role model and inspiration that young girls need.
Be Smart, Be Kind. Inspire your children to dream big, pursue their passions, and be kind to others along the way.
Much like Danielle’s parents in this novel, I am doing what I can to give my little girl the confidence, tools, and freedom to explore her interest in space and make her dreams come true. If you’d like to learn more, read my review of Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine.
Even if your child doesn’t become an astronomer or astrophysicist or an astronaut, there is still a lot of fun to be had by learning about outer space. I’m excited to share with you some of the space-themed activities I’ve been doing with my 10-year-old.
11 Ways to get kids excited about space science.
1. Plan a night of stargazing. Whether you setup a telescope or simply lie on a blanket on a warm summer’s night, looking up into the night sky for constellations and planets can be a lot of fun. If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, in-the-sky.org has a terrific night sky guide and some other helpful information.
2. Print out these NASA Space Launch System printable coloring pages and activity sheets.
3. Explore the NASA Kids’ Club website, a place to play games and learn about NASA.
4. Watch Space with Sarah videos on YouTube.
5. Here’s an extensive list of NASA websites for students.
6. Visit your local library and checkout books about outer space.
7. Do a moon phases charting activity together.
8. Check out the kidsastronomy.com website for ideas, activities and lots of great information about astronomy.
9. With the Ready Jet! Go Space Explorer App from PBS Kids you can explore the solar system and visit planets, stars and constellations with Jet and his friends. Ready, Jet, Go, Excelsior!
10. Visit a planetarium or science center.
11. Plan a trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama or Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Kennedy Space Center is only 1.5 hours from Orlando and a terrific day trip, if you are planning a Disney vacation.
Inspire to dream big. Teach your children to never let fear get in the way of following their dreams.