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Books About SpaceSince my daughter was a young preschooler, she was fascinated with space. We read many books about space, both fiction and non-fiction. In this post I will share some of her recent favorites.
I do not have a lot to say about Ripley’s Believe It ot Not! Zoom! book except that Smarty keeps taking it (and it’s cousins from the same series) from the library every month and rereads them. I haven’t had a chance to read them with her, but from her comments I gathered that this is a typical trivia book that manages to make “boring facts” very exciting through engaging illustrations and outrageous comparisons.
Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy is in our home library and is read very often. I think the concept is very clever – 6 kids travel the solar system and send postcards back home, as if they are on a regular vacation. The book sits in that sweet spot between fiction and non-fiction that my daughter really enjoys. Since the text on each page is relatively short, I’d recommend this picture book for reluctant readers.
Space Station Rat by Michael Daley was a book that I specifically chose to read for this edition of Poppins Book Nook. I read it aloud to Smarty, and she immediately identified the story as a science fiction. Her rationale was that children don’t go to space. In the story a child of two scientists is “stuck” on the aging space station with his parents while a genetically modified super intelligent rat ends up there by mistake trying to escape from the science lab on Earth. An unlikely friendship forms towards the end of the book, and we are waiting for the sequel to come from another library.
Space Activities for Older Kids
1. Lego Space PlaySome time ago my husband made Smarty a space shuttle out of our extensive collection of Lego bricks, but later she received a “real” Lego City Space Shuttle as a Christmas present from one of our adult friends. Somehow the timing was never right to put it together, but eventually Smarty assembled it all by herself:
2. Go on a Space Field TripWell, I don’t mean “into space”, but we took Smarty to our local NASA facility – Ames Research Center a few years ago. She really enjoyed the trip, and I think we are going to go again soon now when she is 3 years older. If you are lucky to live close to NASA centers, their museums are certainly worth a trip. If not, then a visit to planetarium is a great way to get kids “up close and personal” with space topics.
3. Make a Model of a Solar SystemThis is a popular school project, but we happened to make ours when Smarty was still in preschool, and it was entirely child-led. We made homemade playdough for the first time, and she insisted on making a solar system in playdough.
4. Make a Space CraftThere are any number of space crafts available, but we ended up doing an open-ended space collage – it also happened in the last year of preschool when daughter was so intensely interested in space. It still hangs in her “picture gallery” in our stairwell to the second floor.
5. Launch a “Real” RocketThe same friend who gave Smarty her Lego Shuttle gave her this “real” model Estes Silver Arrow Rocket launch kit. He also included components that are not part of the kit – recovery padding and this engine pack. I was hoping to find time this month to finally assemble and launch the rocket, but we had busy weekends with visitors and birthdays and didn’t get to it. This is something on out “to do list” for the next weekend.
More About Astronomy for Kids?My friend Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom has a great Astronomy for Kids Pinterest board. One day I’ll make my own too!
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