Your family doesn’t need to run the Hubble Space Telescope in order for your children to enjoy the mystery and wonder of outer space. Space is a great subject for kids because it’s something they’re naturally interested in. It can help build a love of learning in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and so much more.
Below are a few ways to keep your future astrophysicist engrossed in his or her intergalactic fascination.
Visit a planetarium…
Nearly every major city has a planetarium or museum dedicated to outer space or space exploration. Aside from exhibits and shows, your local planetarium likely hosts workshops, classes, and camps to further engage your little one’s inquisitiveness. Sign up your child to receive offerings and event schedules to stay on top of the museum’s goings on.
Or make your own mini-planetarium!
Anything that lights up in the dark and projects on a wall will hold on to a kid’s imagination and won’t let go. Transform your child’s bedroom into a mini-planetarium, bringing the heavens down to earth.
Get familiar with Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly may be back from his year in space, but he continues to post totally epic photos of his travels on social media. Through your own profiles, follow American treasure Kelly on Instagram and Twitter to start a dialogue between you and your child on space exploration.
Look up at space…. together
If the super moon is out, put on your kids’ coats over their jammies, get out, and look up. When the sunrise is making colors like you’ve never seen, insist your kids check it out. If there’s going to be a meteor shower, set a date to watch its wonder. History shows that if you get excited about something, so will your children.
Encourage dress up
It always helps to look the part! Encourage dress up and make-believe play when it comes to pretend time about outer space.
Float over to NASA’s Kids’ Club
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has an interactive Kids’ Club site which includes activities to discover your age and weight on other planets, learn who is currently manning the International Space Station, and test your skills on a Mars Rover driving game.