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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

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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

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Bedtime Math in Space

Okay, Bedtime Math has been totally awesome with all of their space-themed math problems lately! Here are the links to the lot of them: Cherries from Space, from 14 April 2014 – http://bedtimemath.org/cherries-from-space/ So You Want to Be a Martian, … Continue reading

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Planet Plates

I just found these planet plates on Think Geek. I wonder if my astronomonsters would eat all of their food so they could look at the planets, or dump them clear so they could play with them? Anyway, I love … Continue reading

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Poor Mercury

Poor Mercury. I’ve been thinking about poor Mercury since we got this floor puzzle of the planets that pictures them in order with their names labeled and a planet fact for each one. Can you guess what Mercury’s was? Mercury … Continue reading

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Two more nonfiction picture books that read like story books

I need a better title or a better way to categorize this type of book: Back in September of 2011 I reviewed five books which I awkwardly called “nonfiction picture books that read like story books,” and I have two … Continue reading

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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

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Teaching Children How to Use Binoculars

In getting children started with astronomy, I recommend beginning with what you can see with just your unaided eyes, sometimes called naked eye observing. You can learn the constellations, learn to pick out the planets, and follow the moon through … Continue reading

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Prepare for Perseids

The Perseid Meteor Shower approaches! Great info on EarthSky’s meteor shower guide and from Astronomy magazine’s Perseid Meteor Shower article. From Astronomy.com: “If predictions hold, observers across eastern Europe and northern Asia could witness 100 meteors per hour if they watch … Continue reading

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If you already have binoculars…

Do you have a pair of binoculars lying around your house somewhere? Turn them to the sky and have a look.  If you’re a beginning stargazer, a telescope is not a requirement in getting started. I recommend learning your way … Continue reading

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