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
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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 kiddos, 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 Kids
Since we have been doing space themed activities and unit studies 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!
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.
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.
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, science, art and the night skies!
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.
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 between vinegar and baking soda, and turned it into a cool science activity. Just take a look at these Erupting Black Holes!
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 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!
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!
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. This recipe is so much fun!
Star Wars Soap
These little soaps are super cute for your young Star Wars fans and help encourage proper hand washing.
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!
Space Theme Activities
Space Travel Sensory Bottle
Calling all young astronauts, prepare for lift off! This sensory bottle concept is perfect for helping toddlers to kids practice their breathing techniques and calm themselves as they dream of space travel.
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!
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.
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 (we prefer this recipe to Galaxy Slime). 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.
Dive even deeper into sensory play with glow moon dough.
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.
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.
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Space Week 2021 Printable
Explore World Space Week October 4 to 11 with this special printable.
Explore the solar system with this free printable that explores the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Moon Phases Printable
Study the phases of the moon and learn all the terminology for the moon phases in this fun printable.
Space Learning Resources
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 and MEL Kids has a few kits with space themes, including the one we created Maze Rocket! It was a fantastic space craft 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.
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.
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!
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!!!