Category Archives: Astronomy Activities

Space Games

Educational space board games! The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s shop has an assortment of space games like Moon Mission (“Learn about conditions on the Moon and teach your children teamwork with this cooperative family board game”); Race to the … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Cloudy Sky Activities, Product Reviews, Toys/Parties/Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

My Weight on Other Worlds Worksheet

Here is a PDF you can download and print: a worksheet for calculating your weight on other worlds. There are some neat web pages with automatic calculators–type in your Earth weight and voila!–but this is an alternative, to sit down … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Cloudy Sky Activities, Science Education, The Planets | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Walk on Jupiter and Eat Mars: Teaching the Solar System Through Silliness

Can you walk on Jupiter? You can if it’s a picture of Jupiter on a floor puzzle. My Astronomonsters’ love Solar System floor puzzles. We have a few different kinds of Solar System floor puzzle, all of varying quality. My … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Cloudy Sky Activities, The Planets | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magnetic Solar System Attractive to Astronomonsters

One of my astronomonsters’ favorite toys this week is the Magnetic Solar System by Smethport. It folds open like a book. Inside, the Sun is on the top left corner, and orbit lines are drawn so kids can place their … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Astronomy crafts, Cloudy Sky Activities, Product Reviews, Toys/Parties/Fun Stuff | Leave a comment

Solar System Ambassadors

Isn’t “Solar System Ambassador” about the coolest title ever? And it’s a real thing. The Solar System Ambassador program is a volunteer public outreach program through NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory which organizes volunteers across the United States and Puerto Rico to share … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Science Education | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

J is for Jupiter: A Planet Alphabet Matching Game

Does your preschooler know all of the planets but not all of the alphabet? If so, I have a free download for you: planet alphabet activity. I don’t know what sort of market there is for this outside of my … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Cloudy Sky Activities, The Planets | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sun Studies: Solar Week, Sun-Earth Days

When is a good time to study the Sun? How about March 18-22 during Solar Week? Teachers can find good resources for solar studies throughout the year at the Solar Week site and the Sun-Earth Day site, but during Solar … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Online Resources, Science Education, The Sun | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Space Math practice for high schoolers

Here is a link to a real-world lesson in asteroid-related math developed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories to get students thinking like NASA scientists. The example comes from the recent small asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia. Called “Math … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Science Education | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter Solstice, Bedtime Math, and Meridian Calendars

Tomorrow is the winter solstice for my location in North America, and then the Sun can begin its northward journey along the horizon and the days can lengthen again. For “Everything you need to know: winter solstice 2012,” see this … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Activities, Observing Without A Telescope, Seasons, The Sun | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Astronomonsters, Astronomy Activities, Cloudy Sky Activities, Product Reviews, The Planets | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments