Many of my most treasured childhood memories involve one-on-one time with my father: ice skating, hiking trips, studying astronomy. (Okay, and cuddling on the coach watching the original Star Wars movies too.)
I remember eagerly anticipating each lunar eclipse, comet or meteor shower, knowing that we’d get to see it together.
I have waited many years to share this joyful experience with my kids. After studying the ‘butterfly life cycle‘ and ‘leaves and seeds,’ we turned our focus this winter to astronomy, studying our moon, planets and their satellites in the solar system, and constellations in the night sky.
… observed the moon cycle with the Phases of the Moon app (that allows you to scroll forward and backwards through time to see how the moon changes each day) and this craft project:
… discussed the order, size, and characteristics of the planets and their satellites in our solar system with this craft project, these puzzles by Ravensburger, Melissa & Doug, and Crocodile Creek, and a craft similar to this one:
… explored the Greek and Native American myths explaining the stories behind our constellations…
… practiced identifying, drawing, and embroidering constellations:
… celebrated our daughter’s six birthday with a solar system themed party:
… visited the planetarium at the California Academy of Science and created our own version at home (with this fantastic activity)…
So many fun projects, so little time!