For a long time I wondered if low-prep and hands-on could actually be used to describe the same activity. Especially when you are working with multiple kids. Then a couple months ago, I was introduced to the Apologia Astronomy Kit. With zero prep work (yep, you read that right!), the Astronomy Kit includes 50+ hands-on solar system projects for kids. It includes everything that you need (even paper towels, plates, thread and other common household items) in sets labeled for every activity, so that you don’t have to search for items to complete the activities. It is easily adaptable for multiple ages and older kids can use the kit independently. Take a look at some of the things that are included in the Apologia Astronomy Kit below.
Hands-On Solar System Projects for Kids
The kit comes with an activity guide that details every activity in a way that an elementary student or middle schooler can do the activity with little adult assistance. It also includes a quick guide with a list of every activity, so that you can plan quickly which activities to do.
You don’t need to do the activities in order. Which is great because a few of them need a ‘clear starry night’ or a ‘bright, sunny day’ and you don’t want to get stuck on those activities in the middle of a rainy spring or a dark, dreary winter. Just swap activities and keep learning!
Some of the Solar System activities included:
- Make a solar eclipse
- Create a rainbow maker
- Use a Magnifying Glass to Focus Heat
- Pinhole Eclipse Viewing Box
- Making Craters
- Engineer a Spacecraft to Withstand Heat
- Launch a Rocket
- and So Much More!
Every activity comes complete with all of the necessary materials already sorted for you.
Choose the materials bag that you need and the items from the multi-use bags, like scissors, glue or a flashlight.
While you can find some of these activities on the internet, special supplies like super-sized (and tiny-sized) balloons make prep a cinch. No need to search or improvise when you don’t have a supply.
Each activity is easily understandable, but helps kids who need to do more than “just read” about intangible facts.
The activity guide includes some follow-up pages for each activity, so you can use it as a stand-alone curriculum or to correspond with the Apologia Astronomy Curriculum.
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