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Space Activity Pack with EYLF Templates
Space Activity Pack
Space Stack
Over 300 activity pages of Outer Space activities plus a huge selection of editable learning story templates with EYLF outcomes for LDC, FDC, OSHC, QKLG. Includes Educator Resources, Space Create and Make, Space Craft and Cooking, Space poems written by an award winning poet.  A massive pack for use year after year when learning about everything Space related.

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More available at: Educators' Domain Learning Story Packs

Links
NASA - Honey, I Shrunk the Solar System

Constellations Theme

Moon Theme

Asteroid
Make Asteroid Potatoes & Facts @ NASA

Rocket and Rocketship
Color the Letters @ KidsRCrafty: Y-Z Puzzle (Rocket)
Dot Rocket Puzzle
Family Works! Coloring Book Page: Dot to Dot Rocketship
Make a Pop Rocket (and Information) @ NASA

Rocket Coloring Page @ Bears

Star Theme

Sun Theme

Telescope Craft
Cover a paper towel (toilet paper) roll with construction paper.  Have the child decorate it.  Have the child look through it and pretend s/he see various objects in space.

Space Theme

Hands-on Space Activities
Exploring Space, Grades 1-3 (Scienceworks for Kids series)

Space Books / Planet Books / Solar System Books
Space Books at Amazon.com style=

Here are some examples of space books.

Harold's Trip to the Sky by Crockett Johnson
Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney
There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe
Scholastic Science Reader: Solar System by Gregory L. Vogt
The Solar System by Melvin and Gilda Berger
Time For Kids: Planets! by Editors of Time For Kids

Planet Activity
Props: Color (or paint) a white paper plate yellow.  Label it "Sun".  Label 9 white paper plates: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  Have a child stand first in line (holding the "sun" plate).  Have the children (child) put the planets in order.

Solar System Music / Solar System Song /  Space Music / Space Song

I have revised this song since pluto is no longer considered a planet.   (It is now a dwarf planet.)  Go to: NASA - Honey, I Shrunk the Solar System to read more about this event.

There Are Eight Planets
Copyright 2003-2016 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.

Tune: Mary Had A Little Lamb

There are eight planets,
eight planets, eight planets.
There are eight planets
that orbit the sun.

First is Mercury,
Mercury, Mercury.
First is Mercury
that orbits the sun.

Second is Venus,
Venus, Venus.
Second is Venus
that orbits the sun.

Third is Earth,
Earth, Earth.
Third is Earth
that orbits the sun.

Fourth is Mars,
Mars, Mars.
Fourth is Mars
that orbits the sun.

Fifth is Jupiter,
Jupiter, Jupiter.
Fifth is Jupiter
that orbits the sun.

Sixth is Saturn
Saturn, Saturn.
Sixth is Saturn
that orbits the sun.

Seventh is Uranus,
Uranus, Uranus.
Seventh is Uranus
that orbits the sun.

Eighth is Neptune,
Neptune, Neptune.
Eighth is Neptune
that orbits the sun.

Pluto is now a dwarf planet,
dwarf planet, dwarf planet.
Pluto is now a dwarf planet
that orbits the sun.

(At the end of the song, you can say, "Hoorah", etc. and spread your arms out)

Space Crafts / Solar System Crafts

Shoe Box Planet Mobile
Make a sun and 8 planets out of paper.  Decorate the circles how you would like them (the sun is usually yellow).  (You can glue them on cardboard.)  Hole punch a hole.  Place string or yarn through the hole.  Tie off.  Make holes on the top of a shoe box.  Make a space background.  Tie the sun first and then the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Hanger Planet Mobile
Make a sun and 8 planets out of paper.  Decorate the circles how you would like them (the sun is usually yellow).  (You can glue them on cardboard.)  Hole punch a hole.  Place string or yarn through the hole.  Tie off.  Tie on a hanger.  (If you use a metal hanger, make sure to put some tape on the pointy end.)

Space Activity Guide and More
World Space Week Including an Teacher Activity Guide.
If the above link is broken in the future, go to the top of the page and click on "Education" or search for "Teacher Guide" on their site.

Space Printables / Astronomy Printables
Astronomy @ Enchanted Learning There is information, coloring pages, calendar, etc.
Astronomy: Surfin' Through the Solar System (grade 3) pdf For younger children, page 14-a coloring page, can be used
Bry-Back Manor Activity Sheets For younger children and children with special needs
Coloring & Activity Book (pdf)
ColoringBookFun: Miscellaneous Pages: Dot to Dot Pictures Shooting Star (1-13)
Crayola Activity Book: Earth's Rotation
Distances Between the Planets (Printable)
DLTK-Kids: Outer Space Crafts and Coloring Pages
Free Resources: Worksheets, Puzzles, and More at Tipztime Worksheets & Games
FunSchool - Connect the Dots: Space Shuttle 
Funstuf @ lds.org: Scrambled Solar System (puzzle)
Moby's Mobiles (moon, stars, planet)
NASA Kids Coloring Online and off-line.  Including Solar System coloring page.
Printable Word Search @ Lesson Plan Central
Sky Maps Each Month
Solar System Coloring Book at Kids Space (online & offline coloring pages)
Solar System Theme Unit at abcteach.com Shape books, puzzles, and other printables
Zoom Astronomy - Enchanted Learning Software There is information, coloring pages, calendar, etc.

Solar System Activities


Space /Astronomy Cooking and Snacks
Hands-On Activities - Edible Solar System  @ NASA
Space Snacks @ Perpetual Preschool

Space
/Astronomy Early Elementary Links
Cosmically Cool Mobile @ KinderArt Ages 4-10
Space at Nuttin But Kids
Space @ Perpetual Preschool Songs, art, science, games, other fun
Space Theme @ Preschool Education

NASA Links

APOD: 2000 November 27 - Earth at Night
Imagine the Universe! For children ages 14 and up
Maps of the Solar System
NASA Kids Homepage
Make a Pop Rock
NASA Quest > Solar System Online
Space Calandar See what is happening in space now.
Solar System: NASA
Solar System Simulator
Space Day (NASA): Education Activities, links, and more
NASA - Education Materials
StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers For children in grade school under 14 including games
The Jovian System (Jupiter)
The Planets
The Solar System
The Space Place For children and teachers

Space
/Astronomy Links
3D Tour (LPI)
A to Z Stuff: Space, Solar System Theme: Lesson Plans and Resources K-12
A Virtual Journey into the Universe
Amazing Space Web- Based Activities Online space cards and more information
American Museum of Natural History
Astronomy @ Enchanted Learning There is information, coloring pages, calendar, etc.
Astronomy and space for kids
Astronomy for Kids @ astronomy.com
Astronomy Links
AURA (Association of Universities for Research in Astonomy)
Childfun: Theme: Space and Planet Activity Theme
Curious About Astronomy? Ask an Astronomer
Earth and Moon Viewer
Explorezone.com
Exploring Planets in the Classroom: hands-on science activities
Family Works! Coloring Book Page: Dot to Dot Rocketship
Images
Introduction to the Windows of the Universe
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Muddle Puddle Home Education: Space Activities for many subjects and songs
National Geographics Virtuual Solar System
Nine Planets
The Nine 8 Planets: Astronomy for Kids
Our Solar System - The Sun and its Planets: NACMME
Proteacher Space Lesson Links K-5
Rader's COSMOS4KIDS.COM
Science Explained's Astronomy Page
Science U: Observatory
Sky and Telescope: The Essential Magazine of Astronomy
Solar System Scale Models
Solar System Unit at homeschoolfamilies Unit including links
Solarviews.com
Southwestern Consortium of Observatories for Public Education Apache Point Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, McDonald Observatory, National Solar Observatory, and Whipple Observatory
Space and Astronomy for Kids - About.com
Space Day There are different resources.  Under the "Teachers Space" you can download pdf files. There are lesson plan, links, etc.
Space.com: space news, games, entertainment and science fiction
theKidzpage.com: Outer Space Puzzle Page
The Nine Planets for Kids
The Wonderful Sky Teacher Guide (pdf)


Online Space Activities / Astronomy Activities

Note: Children must have approval by an adult to click on the links on my website or surf the web.

Moby's Mobiles Online Activity
NASA Kids Coloring
3D Tour (LPI)
Solar System Coloring Book Index

Online Space Stories
Up In The Sky @ Lil' Fingers
It needs to be read to young children.

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