Astronomy is a fascinating subject that can be a lot of fun to explore with kids. It’s important to gear science activities to their level so that they remain engaged.
The following details just a few options for making astronomy accessible to children of all ages:
Discuss Differences Between the Day Sky and the Night Sky
For younger kids, talking about the day sky in comparison to the night sky is a great way to make them more aware of what they’re looking at the sky. Fold a piece of paper in half. Have the child draw the day sky on one side of the sheet and the night sky on the other side.
Make a Moon Journal
Create a moon journal by cutting 29 construction paper circles and stapling them on one side. Let the child to decorate the cover as he wishes. Each night, turn to the appropriate page in the journal and have the kid draw what the moon looks like at the night.
Read Books About the Moon
There are lots of books about the moon that you can use alongside astronomy lessons and activities including:
If this is too difficult, start with a blue piece of paper for the day sky and a black piece for the night sky. As your child draws, discuss the clouds, sun, stars, moon, and planets.
As a lunar cycle is 28 days, the journal will allow the child to document an entire cycle with all of the moon phases.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars
George and the Big Bang
The Cutest Puppy in the Galaxy
Don’t forget about nonfiction titles as well. Look for books that appeal to the child’s other interests, such as animals, to pique interest.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.