Make a space rocket {learning through play}

Space rocket || Gift of Curiosity

We have a very relaxed homeschooling style. We don't follow a strict schedule and we don't necessarily touch on every subject every day. Instead, I like to follow my kids' lead, which often means we spend a good part of the morning "just playing." Of course, I put "just playing" in quotes because so often I find that my kids use their play to build upon or act out things we've been learning. For my kids, "just playing" is part of how they consolidate their learning and come to understand the concepts. And that is how this space rocket activity came about. Note: For more space-related … [Read more...]

Constellation craft for kids

Constellation craft for kids || Gift of Curiosity

We have been reading a lot of books about stars and constellations lately as we continue learning about space. While learning about stars, we have spent quite a bit of time focused on the constellations. My favorite constellation has always been Orion, since it is usually easy for me to locate it in our night sky. I have to admit, however, that some of the constellations are a real stretch for me. Am I the only one who doesn't see how half of the constellations actually look like what they are supposed to represent? :-) Nonetheless, this simple constellation craft for kids was a real hit in … [Read more...]

Solar system lacing cards {free solar system printables}

Solar System Lacing Cards || Gift of Curiosity

For this week's space printable I decided to put together a set of solar system lacing cards. These are a great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills while also learning about the sun, moon, and planets. I hope these solar system lacing cards will be enjoyed by your kids. Note: For more solar system printables, see my Space Unit Study page.  My Solar System Lacing Cards printable features a total of 10 different lacing cards, including: Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Sun Moon Here is a sneak peak at the lacing cards … [Read more...]

11 children’s books about stars and constellations

11 books for kids about stars and constellations || Gift of Curiosity

The night sky seems to hold a lot of fascination for many kids. There's something so beautiful about observing the stars and their patterns. One of the many topics my kids and I have covered during our space unit was the stars, with special emphasis on the constellations. Below is my review of 11 children's books about stars and constellations. Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.  Our Stars by Anne Rockwell This book is a fun introduction to the stars for kids ages 3-7. The information is presented in a very simple way to make it accessible for … [Read more...]

Making a model solar system

Making a model of the solar system 1 || Gift of Curiosity

Of all the activities we have done to learn about space, I don't think any was as eagerly anticipated as this one was. My kids were so excited about making a model solar system it was crazy. I absolutely loved their enthusiasm for this project and I loved how excited it made XGirl, in particular, to continue learning about all things space-related. Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.  To do this activity, I decided to purchase a solar system making kit. There are many great ones out there, but the one I eventually selected was the 3D solar system kit from … [Read more...]

How planets orbit the sun {a Montessori-inspired activity}

How planets orbit the sun || Gift of Curiosity

One of the facts I wanted my kids to understand about the planets is that they orbit around the sun in a large circle. Taking an idea from the Montessori Astronomy Album I received when I participated in KHT Montessori's certificate program, I set up this simple activity to give my kids a concrete understanding of how planets orbit the sun. Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.  For this activity, I provided a tray with the following materials: Orange playdough (to make the sun) A blue ball (to represent the Earth) A pie tin (to create the … [Read more...]

Planets Do-a-Dot Printables {free}

Planets Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

One thing I enjoy about homeschooling is the opportunity it allows for our whole family to learn together. During our recent space unit, my husband and I read tons of books about space to our kids, and I think we learned as much about our solar system as our kids did! Space is such a fascinating topic of study. It literally boggles my mind sometimes to contemplate the entire universe and how vast it is. It's crazy to know that our planet is just one of billions of planets in our galaxy, and our galaxy is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe! A lot of kids are drawn to … [Read more...]

9 children’s books about the planets and solar system

Books about the planets and solar system || Gift of Curiosity

I often joke to my husband that studying the universe hurts my brain because it is just so incredible to wrap my head around how utterly vast the universe is. It is slightly easier for me to contemplate our solar system. Although our solar system is still very big, it does seem a bit more knowable than our entire universe. :-) In any case, our whole family had a great time to learning about the planets and solar system during our space unit. Below I review nine children's books about the planets and our solar system. Among these books are great ways for introducing toddlers to our galaxy as … [Read more...]