Category Archives: Astronomonsters

Glow-in-the-dark planets puzzle, flashlights, and “darkoscopes”

The astronomonsters’ favorite Christmas gift this year was their Glow-in-the-Dark Space puzzle. It’s a 2×3 feet floor puzzle with 100 pieces. The backside is a black-line drawing of the planets so kids can color it if they want. The colored … Continue reading

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Rainbow Peepholes as holiday treat for kids

Everyone likes rainbows, right? So how about treating folks to the gift of rainbows? Two years ago I ordered a batch of diffraction grating glasses to share with the kids in our lives. This year, I ordered a batch of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Studying frictionless surfaces

What happens when another science blogger watches my kids: Wordless Wednesday: Studying frictionless surfaces.

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Solar System Floor Puzzle

We’ve been all about floor puzzles in my house lately, especially solar system floor puzzles. We have two different solar system puzzles and a coral reef puzzle. The reef puzzle is a little challenging for toddlers, but they had fun … Continue reading

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Toy Galaxies

There is an appalling lack of toy galaxies on the market. Astronomonster #1 turned 3 this summer, and I wanted to get him a toy galaxy. He has inflatable planets, but we don’t have any galaxies he can carry around. … Continue reading

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Planetarium vs. the Night Sky with Toddlers

One thing I learned on my recent road trip was that I need to get my kids out to look at the real night sky more. Since they’re only 19 months and soon-to-be-3, getting them out to look at the … Continue reading

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Travels with Astronomonsters: Balloon Planets

We took our first long road trip this summer with our toddler astronomonsters. If we were to drive straight through, it would be five hours to get to our destination. With toddlers, we couldn’t exactly drive straight through for five … Continue reading

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Raising Children to be Unafraid of the Dark

How do you raise a child to be unafraid of the dark? Begin early, and teach your child to “love the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” How do you teach your child to love the stars … Continue reading

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