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5 Ways to Explore Space with Your Little Ones

by Rebecca Eanes


4. One of my fondest memories with my kids is lying on a trampoline side by side and hand in hand watching meteors streak through the sky. We counted 27 meteors that night! It was awe-inspiring. Check out this schedule of meteor showers so that you can plan your next viewing event. It looks like your next shot to see one is on October 9, 2018. Before you grab a blanket and head out though, there are a few tips you should know.

  • Get as far away from city lights as possible. Perhaps you could turn this viewing into a camping trip? The glare of lights makes it difficult to see the night sky. Find a place where you have a clear view of the sky, and be sure to give your eyes enough time to adjust to the darkness before the shower begins.
  • Also, dress appropriately! Sometimes it takes a long time to see a meteor, so you’ll want to be prepared with blankets and jackets in case the air turns cool. Bug spray isn’t a bad idea, either!
  • Meteor showers are best viewed after midnight. I know that’s really late for kiddos to be up, but it doesn’t happen that often!
  • Reclining lawn chairs or blankets on the grass helps relieve fatigue. You don’t want to have to crane your neck for a long time!
  • Don’t forget the snacks! These galaxy themed cupcakes would make a perfect snack at your viewing event! Also bring plenty of water!

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5. How about some space crafts? No pun intended! Little ones love to do crafts, and this provides a great bonding time for you and your child. Explore space through making some of these great crafts together.

a. Footprint rocket by Fun Family Crafts.

b. Paper plate spaceship craft by Sand in My Toes.

c. Marshmallow constellations by Fun Family Crafts.

d. Astronaut paper doll by Free Kids Crafts.

e. Solar system necklace by Lil Blue Boo.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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