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Summer Activities Series – Outer Space Unit Study

Here’s week 2 of our Summer Activities Series, Outer Space. Although this is created as a week of summer activites, of course it’s a perfectly wonderful unit study theme that could be used any time of the year. There are so many great ideas for space themed activities out there, but I’ve gathered my favorites in this post. Note: This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission from items purchased through these links, but any opinions of those items are my own. 

summer activities outer space week

This would be a great unit to do in August around the Perseid meteor shower. This years peak is August 12th and it is said to be in “outburst,” meaning there will be up to twice as many meteors visible as usual. Grab the kids, pop some popcorn, throw a blanket on the ground (or better yet on the trampoline) and lay down to watch the show. You can find out more about it here.

Books:

The Berenstain Bears On the Moon by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Midnight On the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series)

There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space by National Geographic

Space! by DK Children

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia by DK Children

My First Book About Outer Space by Dover Coloring Book – a beautifully illustrated coloring book full of information

National Geographic Kids Super Space Sticker Activity Book – over 1000 stickers in this one

Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney

Outer Space Books

Crafts:

Out of This World craft from iheartcraftythings

Out of this world craft from iheart crafty things

Moon Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning

moon craft from fantastic fun and learning

This Solar System Mobile from All That’s Goood

solar system mobile from all thats goood

Stellar Solar System Necklace from Handmade Charlotte

solar system necklace

Astronomy Chalk Pastel art tutorial by Hodgepodge

Astronomy-Chalk-Pastel-Art-Tutorial-You-ARE-an-Artist-548x730

Moon Mobile from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Moon craft mobile from fantastic fun and learning

Solar System Bracelet from Still Playing School

solar-system-craft-kids-bracelet

Saran Wrap Sun painting

saran wrap sun paintings

Printables:

Solar System Worksheet pack from 123Homeschool4Me

Space Mazes from Kids Activities Blog

Moon Journal from Buggy and Buddy

Scale of the Solar System from Better Lesson

Free Solar System Notebooking Pages from Harrington Harmonies

Free Order of the Planets lift the flap book from TPT

order of the planets flip book

Outer Space word search from Kidz Page

Videos:

“We are the Planets” song by Story Bots

“Time to Shine: The Moon Song” by Story Bots

“I’m a Star: The Star Song” by Story Bots

“I’m So Hot: The Sun song” by Story Bots

Sci Show for Kids: Let’s Go to Space (playlist)

Crash Course Astronomy (series)

Exploring Our Solar System: Planets and Space for Kids by Free School – there’s an entire series of these, too

Dining on the Space Station

Snacks:

Miles from Tomorrowland Space Bark from Disney Junior
space bark

Earth Cookies from Tamilee Tips – you could make these in different colors to look like any planet

earth cookies

Stars and Planets snack from SugarAunts

outer-space-snack-stars-planets-theme-food

Oreo Moon Phases from Art and Science Club {for Kids}

moon phase oreos

Astronaut Pudding from Feels Like Home

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Astronaut Ice Cream

astronaut ice cream

Miles recipe cards from Disney Junior

Activities:

Space Run to the Sun game from Disney Junior

Starlight Nightlight from Disney Junior

Eat like an astronaut with a zipper bag and straw

eat like an astronaut with zipper bag

Make Space Slime from Inspiration Laboratories

Space-Slime

How Planets Orbit the Sun from Gift of Curiosity

How-planets-orbit-the-sun-Gift-of-Curiosity

Scale Solar System activity from Upper Grades are Awesome

scale solar system

Solar System Unit – Inner Planets from 123Homeschool4Me – lots of activities on the inner planets such as a model of Mercury, Venus volcano demonstration, and more.

Solar System Unit – Outer Planets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – lots more hands on activities from this great site

Moon Crater demonstration from I Can Teach My Child

Constellation keychain activity

Extras:

Safari LTD. Space TOOB toys

Melissa & Doug Solar System 48 pc floor puzzle

 

What fun and educational solar system activities have you found? What activities will you be doing this summer?

 

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