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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969 and then spent two and a half hours making footprints on a surface no foot had ever touched. Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon. So, on this July 20th, let’s celebrate the innovation and curiosity of the men and women who’ve given us a close up to space, that mysteriously cool world beyond our own.
Watch & Learn
What’s inside a black hole?
The Solar System Song
Full Moom Silhouettes
The sandwich that nearly destroyed a space capsule
Please pass the space food
Johnny Express, The best delivery in space
Jokes for your kids
A: A marsbar!
A: When it’s full.
A: It wanted to see the mooooooon!
Free Nasa “Space Tourism” Posters
Download Hi-Res Files of these posters here
Phases of the Moon – Oreo-style
TAKE A DEEP DIVE With this Activity
- Eight Oreos (plus some for munching, because no kid is going to let an Oreo go without a fight)
- Plastic knife or butter knife
- White construction paper
Very carefully, with Mr. Miyagi finesse, open each Oreo so the cream is intact on one side.
Using this diagram carefully scrape the cream center of each Oreo with plastic knife or butter knife to look like the eight phases of the moon: First Quarter, Waxing Crescent, New Moon, Waning Crescent, Third Quarter, Waning Gibbous, Full Moon, Waxing Gibbous
Arrange Oreos in the order listed above in a circle on your white construction paper going clockwise.
Glue down and label each phase.
Optional: Draw an earth to go in the center for your Oreo moons to orbit!
Covet & Collect
Astronaut Ice Cream ($10.59) • Rocket Space Tent ($29.99) • Space Rocket Backpack ($24.95) • Lunar Phases Wall-Mounted Light ($19.99) • Space Rocket Poster ($7.26) • Astronaut Bedding ($169) • Draw 500 Things in Space | 20 Ways to Draw A Star ($10.79 | $11.19) • This Book is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions ($25.64, Pre-order) • Water Rocket Kit ($14.12)
Get your groove on
- Star Trek Theme Song
- I Don’t Want to Live on the moon – Sesame Street (featuring Ernie)
- Space Oddity – David Bowie
- Man on the Moon – R.E.M.
- Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
- Galaxy Song – Monty Python
- There’s a Moon in the Sky – B-52s
- Space Invader – The Pretenders
- Looking for Astronauts – The National
- Walking on the Moon – The Police
- 2,000 Light Years from Home – Rolling Stones
by Mark Kelly
by Amelia Hepworth
LOOK UP THE STARS
Really, we could “moon” over any constellation this week, but let’s celebrate the heroes of space with Perseus, the mythical Greek hero who defeated Medusa with his trusty sword. The Perseid Meteor shower is one of the biggest and brightest and can be seen in the northern hemisphere between mid-July to the end of August.
GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE
Go Pool hopping!
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