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Are you looking for some fun kids astronomy activities? We’ve done quite a few over the years. Check out some of these ideas to help you with your next astronomy or space lesson.
Whether you are wanting to teach about constellations and the night sky, the solar system or the phases of the moon, I’ve got you covered. No need to keep searching the black hole of the internet!
We love teaching about the night sky, space and astronomy at our house. I always feel like winter is the perfect time to learn about space. It gets dark way earlier, so you don’t have to stay up late to view the stars. Also, as far as nature goes, lots of other things are hibernating or covered in a blanket of snow, but not the sky!
Here are a few fun ways to teach all about space, the stars, the planets and more!
Fun Kids Astronomy Activities
Space STEM: Shooting Star Spinner~ this is a fun project that teaches about kinetic energy. You wind it up and let it spin and fly! It also is just a cool craft for when you are learning about shooting stars or meteors!
Printable Constellation Cards– download and print these fun free constellation cards. You can use these to teach kids all about the names and shapes of the constellations. There are sets to match with and without the constellation pictures.
Solar System in a Jar– Make a solar system model, mini sized. This one is made of air-dry clay and suspended from a jar lid with clear fishing line. Kids love making these little planets and hanging them in a jar. This is a keepsake that won’t take up a lot of room on their bedroom shelf.
Gravity Spinner Toy– Teach about the forces of gravity with this cool gravity spinner toy. Watch your space shuttle spin and fly down the wire!
Moon Phases Slider– Need an idea to make teaching about the Moon phases fun? Try this cool moon phases slider. This is simple to put together and a great way to help kids learn about the phases!
Galileo Star Viewer Craft– I loved making this one with my kids. It is your own star viewer, so you can see what the constellations look like in the day time! Plus learn about Galileo in the process. This one is made from a paper towel roll tube.
Fun Space Unit for Kids– this post has lots of fun facts about space, the toilet paper solar system (measuring the distance between the planets with squares of toilet paper), book recommendations, and other cool ideas for making a kids astronomy lesson interesting.
Pumpkin Solar System– This is a great one to do at Halloween time when you have extra pumpkins hanging around! Paint your pumpkins to look like the solar system.
Solar System Christmas Ornaments– This one is done using those clear plastic ball ornaments you can get at Christmas time. But, you could make this any time of year!
What are your favorite ways to teach kids astronomy topics?