Outer Space Play Dough Invitation

Since play dough is such a popular play activity for kids, we like to incorporate it into our learning activities often. This outer space play dough invitation is inspired by our space theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. Set it out for kids to play with as they are learning about the night sky and the planets. Outer Space Play Dough Invitation Materials Affiliate links included. Black play dough-Buy some or make your own with black icing {Read More}

Star Books

Star light, star bright, oh so many stars to see at night. And with all those stars come so many questions from young and curious minds; what is a star?, how far away are stars?, is it really a star shape? To help you answer these and many more questions, we have put together a list of books that you can use as you explore the stars. Books About Stars This post contains affiliate links. Nonfiction Star Books Our Stars {Read More}

Books About the Moon

The moon is fascinating to people of all ages.  Little ones love to look at and learn about the beautiful changing ball in the sky. This week we are looking at non-fiction and fiction books about the moon. These books can be used in a classroom during a moon unit or at home as you read by the light of the moon. Enjoy! Moon Books This post contains affiliate links. Non-Fiction The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons The Moon Book {Read More}

Free Printable Night Sky Journal

As the days grow shorter during fall and winter it is a great time to observe the night sky. Not only is this an opportunity to learn scientific facts about the sky, it also inspires a lot of creative thinking. Kids and adults alike can hardly look up and not consider what it might be like beyond this galaxy. With the upcoming release of Interstellar we’re partnering with Paramount to share a fun family activity inspired by the new movie {Read More}

Moon Craft Mobile for Kids

I’ve mentioned before that Tinker is fascinated by the moon and stars. If it’s dark before her bedtime, then she loves to go out to say goodnight to them before I tuck her into bed. She’s also a very inquisitive child, full of wonder and amazement at the night sky. When I was approached by the author of Mother, What is the Moon? with the opportunity to share a brand new children’s picture book about the night sky, I immediately new {Read More}

Gifts for Future Astronauts

Do you know a kid who loves outer space? This list of gift ideas was created for those future astronauts in your life. The referral links in this section are from The Land of Nod. If you aren’t familiar with The Land of Nod they have some terrific unique toys for kids, and they are great quality. Rocket Blocks Wooden Stacker   Pull Back Space Shuttle  Intergalactic Play Set Space Big Picture Book No Place Like Play Home Rocket Ship Picture {Read More}

Magnetic Rocket Puzzle and Math Activities

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Nick Sharratt this month. This author was new to us, so it was a lot of fun discovering his books. They are full of rhymes and humor, and the girls enjoyed many of them. Both of the girls liked Rocket Countdown!    Tinker enjoys any lift the flap book, so she was immediately drawn to this one in the library stack. Lovey liked acting out the astronaut’s action throughout the story, and I {Read More}

Astronomy Unit Resources

If you follow this blog you probably already know that we love theme-based learning. We base our home preschool activities on the kids’ current interests. Some of our favorite themes from last year were about rocks and seeds. While I enjoy gathering all of the resources and ideas for each unit, it can definitely be a daunting task. There are SO many great ideas to choose from! When I saw these amazing collections shared in the Discover & Explore Space Exploration theme, I {Read More}

Rocket Books

This week’s theme for Discover & Explore is Space Exploration: Rockets, Space Travel, Satellites & More.  We’d love for you to share your favorite activities, crafts, tips, and resources for kids at the end of this post. Growing up I had a dear friend who was fascinated by space exploration. Her passion was contagious and inspiring. As a teacher and now as a parent, I think of her often when we are learning about outer space, and I hope to encourage {Read More}

Moon and Stars Activities for Kids

It was very tough to choose which activities to feature from our Discover and Explore night sky themed linky.  Within each individual post there were so many wonderful ways to help kids learn more about the moon, stars, and night sky. Today I’m sharing five activities that I definitely want to try. If you haven’t had a chance to look through each one of the night sky posts shared, don’t forget to go back and check them out. They are terrific! {Read More}