What is it about outer space that is so fascinating? The planets, stars, asteroids, and solar systems? All that is yet to be explored and the possibilities of things to be found in the universe? Whatever the reasons, space is endlessly entertaining and educational. And here are 12 Awesome Space Science Activities for Kids that are not expensive or overly complicated, but definitely worth trying.
DIY Constellation Flashlight-Got kids who like to make shadow puppets on the wall at night. Then, this easy activity by Handmade Charlotte that turns a flashlight into a constellation projector will be a hit.
Phases of the Moon Activity-Who knew that Oreos could double as the phases of the moon and a snack later on? Science Bob sure did.
DIY Nebula Jar–Turn an ordinary mason jar into a visually stunning depiction of an interstellar cloud of dust. Kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by this creation from MomDot.
Puffy Planets-Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn have never looked so good with this delightfully fluffy way to illustrate the planets from I Can Teach My Child.
Solar System Scale Model-PBS Parents show how kids can use good ole’ toilet paper to learn about the distances between the planets in our solar system.
Bottle Rocket–Have a blast with the kids while helping them learn more about space transportation with this easy water and air powered plastic soda bottle rocket from Science Sparks.
Craters on the Moon-Use this awesome cloud dough to show craters on the moon and talk about why the moon has so many more than Earth. Thanks to I Can Teach My Child.
Sticker Stars and Chalk Constellations-What a great way to let the kids map out constellations and learn more about clusters of stars that are a constant in our night skies. Appreciate this simple activity from Gift of Curiosity.
Constellation Dough-Kids can give their hands and brains a workout with this intergalactic dough from It’s a Long Story.
Galaxy Pinwheel-A colorful free printable that can be used with simple craft supplies to let kids create a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. This is just one of the many fun space crafts found at NASA SpacePlace.
Aztec Sundial–The young uns can learn how the sun can be used to tell time with this colorful sundial found at Education.com.
Fizzing Jupiter–Who wouldn’t want to build a planet and then watch it fizz and bubble? I bet you don’t hear a lot of “no, let’s not do that” from your crew when it comes to this lively experiment from Fun-A-Day!
In addition to these awesome space science activities above, did you know that you can sign up to be notified by e-mail by NASA when the International Space Station is best viewable in the sky over where you live? The kids will have so much fun spotting it.
For more Kids’ Fun, check out: