Space Activities for Kids

Space Activities For Kids

We are obsessed with space making it one of the most popular themes for our unit studies. Anytime we can put a space twist on a project, my kids are instantly enthusiastic! From stars to black holes, exploring the solar system to imagining we are astronauts, the possibilities are endless! Check out our favourite Space Activities for Kids?

Educational Activities with a Space Theme

Space Activities for Kids

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One of the things I love about homeschooling is that I can encourage my kids to chase their passions. Passion projects are an incredible way to inspire students and foster a strong love of learning.

When I am building a unit study for my kids, I always look for themes and topics that I know my kids will get passionate about. For many years now the one topic that has consistently being popular has been Space.

Even now, as a teenager, my son is talking about working on a PhD in Astrophysics, so all these space activities definitely left an impression!

Space Activities for all ages

Since we have been doing space themed unit studies and activities for so long, I have a lot of activities and ideas. In fact, I have some projects that go all the way back to when the kids were in preschool. So there really is something for every space loving student here!

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Space Experiments

Rocket Launcher

3, 2, 1… BLAST OFF! You can’t talk about space without talking about rockets! This kit from MEL Kids includes a STEM project, plus lessons on space and the planets.

DIY Rocket Launcher blasting off!

Bottle Rockets

You don’t need to buy a special kit to play with rockets though, you can do it yourself with some simple materials from your kitchen. Check out these chemical reaction powered Bottle Rockets.

Bottle Rockets - Backyard Science Launching Young STEM Minds

Starry Night Skittles Experiment

This classic experiment is always a hit with the kids. In this edition we took our inspiration from Starry Night and explored the night skies with our candy science creation. We also did a Northern Lights activity with the same concept. This activity was all about candy and night skies!

Skittles Experiment for the Science Fair inspired by Starry Night

Sky Science

While staring at the skies, many kids will ask why the sky seems to change colour during sunrise and sunset. This is a great question from our avid sky gazers that we can answer with a simple science experiment.

Sky Science is a simple experiment that answers one of childhoods biggest questions - Why is the sky blue and why does the sky change colors at sunset?

Erupting Black Holes

When we saw the first official picture of a black hole my kids were so excited! We took one of our favourite chemical reactions and turned it into a cool science experiment to celebrate. Just take a look at these Erupting Black Holes!

A black donut shaped black hole with gold glitter on it is in the midst of a chemical reaction with bubbles erupting from it. Overlay text says Erupting Black Holes Space Science For Kids

Galaxy Magic Milk

Looking for a science experiment that captures the stunning beauty of the galaxies and nebulas? Check out this twist on a popular and simple science experiment, Galaxy Magic Milk. This experiment is so simple, but has serious WOW factor!

Galaxy Magic Milk Experiment

Space Projects

Galaxy Bath Bombs

When we started making our own bath bombs, it didn’t take long before the kids were asking to make a Galaxy Bath Bomb, and boy they turned out amazing!

Galaxy Soap

After making Galaxy Bath Bombs, we decided it was time to make some space inspired soaps. Stars included!

Northern Lights Bath Bombs

Living in the North we are blessed to see the incredible dancing colours of the Northern Lights on a regular basis. Here we tried to capture that gorgeous natural art in a bath bomb that also glows in the dark!

Northern Lights Glow in the Dark Bath Bombs

Star Wars Gummies

Part of being space enthusiasts means we also love to celebrate Star Wars! This is a great candy making activity for May the 4th, a Star Wars themed birthday, or any day when you want to make some delicious Star Wars Gummies.

Homemade Star Wars Gummies

Star Wars Soap

These little soaps are super cute for your young Star Wars fans and help encourage proper hand washing.

Homemade Star Wars soap recipe for kids that smells amazing

Black Hole Bath Bombs

These bath bombs are an incredible chemistry lesson but also gave us a fun way to celebrate our love of black holes and astronomy! My space loving teen also loved that these charcoal based bath bombs help calm acne breakouts on the body. A win-win!

A black donut shaped bath bomb sits on a black background. The bath bomb is covered with a ring of orange soap, with a sprinkling of silver stars. Overlay text says Black Hole Bath Bomb Recipe and Science Lesson

Space Activities

Space Travel Sensory Bottle

Calling all young astronauts, prepare for lift off! This sensory bottle concept is perfect for helping kids practice their breathing techniques and calm themselves as they dream of space travel.

Space Sensory Bottle

Meteor Shower Watching

It makes complete sense that if a student wants to learn about space, the first thing we need to do is get them out watching the night skies! Doing this during a meteor shower adds extra excitement to our glimpse into space. Learn some tips for watching meteor showers with kids for an amazing night under the stars!

Top 10 tips on how to watch a meteor shower with your kids. These intense nights filled with meteors (aka shooting stars) are captivating for all ages.

Pipe Cleaner Constellations

After watching the night skies, it is only natural to want to learn more about the constellations and the stories behind the alignment of the stars. This Pipe Cleaner Constellations activity is a fantastic way to get hands on in learning the constellations.

Pipe Cleaner Constellations Space STEM Activity

Galaxy Moon Dough

Looking for a sensory experience your kids will go crazy over? This Galaxy Moon Dough recipe is luxurious and absolutely amazing to explore and play with. With it’s deep rich space colours and splatter of sparkling glitter stars, it will keep your young astronauts dreaming about space as they play and explore.

Moon Dough Recipe

Space STEM Story Challenge

Your aspiring astronauts will love making puppets and writing their very own space adventure stories in this story writing challenge. Once they create their characters and write their stories, they can act them out and share their space travel adventures.

Space STEAM Storytelling

Paper Model of the Solar System

Using paper, create a model of the solar system. This is a great project to build a display for a classroom or learning space.

Quilled Solar System Model

Space Learning Resources

Tappity

One day my kids were challenging each other to see who knew the most about stuff. It’s a thing they like to do. My oldest asked my youngest if he could name all the planets, in order. I held my breath, knowing he would get this wrong. Then he turned around and rattled them all off with a confident, quirky smile on his face. When I asked how he knew that, he turned to me and said, “That’s Tappity!” So yes, Tappity is a huge win in our house with their multi-sensory approach to learning.

MEL Science

MEL Science and MEL Kids has a few kits with space themes, including the one we created Maze Rocket! It was a fantastic activity with awesome supplementary lessons. In the MEL Science program they have Rocket Science and Galaxy in a Bottle experiments. Overall, we are huge fans of MEL Science and MEL Kids. Their kits are absolutely top notch.

MEL Science Educational VR Lessons

Masterclass

Masterclass is a streaming service that provides you with lessons from leaders in their field. When it comes to space they have courses with the incredible Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chris Hadfield. We have really enjoyed using MasterClass as part of our homeschool for my upper elementary and middle grade students.

NASA

Whenever you are looking for information on space, you go to the authority, NASA! They have a wealth of information, activity ideas, programs, news and more. We love looking at all the incredible pictures they have from space.

Canadian Space Agency

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) also offers some really fun educational activities and programs for students.

Royal Astronomical Society

We have learned a lot from our membership with the Royal Astronomical Society and really enjoy their magazines, guides and information. They have youth memberships for kids who are passionate about the night skies!

Books

Once you have a space lover in the house, you will want to load your bookshelf with books to keep them busy. Here is a glimpse of our bookshelf.

Have fun traveling the universe with your space lovers with these fun Space Activities for Kids. 3, 2, 1…. BLAST OFF!!!

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