The Nighttime Sky (Discover and Explore)

In honor of International Space Day on May 3rd we thought it would be fun to Discover and Explore The Nighttime Sky this week.

When I taught in the classroom, I was blessed to teach at a NASA Explorer School. As part of the program kids were introduced to some amazing hands-on science activities and resources starting in kindergarten. Kids are often fascinated by space, and as their teacher I loved to see their eyes light up as we started to talk about the stars, the moon, and the nighttime sky.

Here on Fantastic Fun and Learning we’ve done a few simple activities to learn about the night sky.

We put together a very easy to make night sky felt set, and the kids had fun using it for pretend play and various math games.

Night Sky Felt Play

To practice letter recognition and fine motor skills, we played with night sky playdough and created a N is for nighttime letter craft.

N is for Night Sky

A cozy night sky reading nook made the perfect hiding spot for reading and play.

Night Sky Reading Nook

The kids learned about the surface of the moon by making craters and creating their own moon crafts.

Moon Craft

And you know we didn’t learn about the nighttime sky without reading some great books. The widget below includes a handful of our favorites for this theme.

Your kids might also enjoy exploring the NASA Kids’ Club website. There are games and information for kids of various ages. There are also links to some fabulous videos and images from NASA…perfect for helping kids to visualize a concept that can be very abstract.


We’d love for you to share how you

Discover & Explore: Moons, Stars and the Night Sky!

Full Moon

Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, book activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, free printables–anything that might be helpful to those wanting to put together activities based on this week’s theme.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you are linking up, please be sure to grab and post the Discover and Explore button. We love to share! And we want as many people to add their posts as possible, so we have a wonderful collection to share with you.

The linky will remain open for two weeks. Then both co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post and share featured posts on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board. If you aren’t already, please remember to follow us so you’re sure not to miss those feature posts.

Discover & Explore Weekly Themed Linky
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Previous Discover and Explore Themes

Upcoming Discover and Explore Themes

  • May 8-Flowers
  • May 15-Enjoy a Day at the Park (nature & outdoor activities)
  • May 22-Art & Museum Fun
  • May 29-Backyard Games
  • June 5-Zoos

Don’t forget to stop by KC Edventures to see what Jacquie is sharing for this week’s theme.

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  1. My apologies. I linked up the wrong post to your Linky Party. Feel free to remove it. This is my most recent post, not my stars, moon, and sun post. Again, I am so sorry! I love your ideas by the way!

    • Shaunna says:

      That’s okay, Renae. We’ll go ahead and delete the post. I hope you’ll link up again soon when you have ideas that go along with our themes.

  2. Another great theme! We visting NASA last year and it was awesome! I was like a kid myself when i saw the space shuttle parked at the front!

    • Shaunna says:

      I’m glad you are enjoying the weekly themes! I know what you mean about NASA sites. We live near one, and I continue to be in awe when we visit.

  3. You always have such great themed learning activities! I love the night sky reading nook- so fun! 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      Thank you! The girls loved snuggling up in the night sky reading nook. I have a feeling that will be one we recreate often over the years as we revisit the space theme.

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