By Christa Protano
At 3:22 PM Eastern on May 30th, 2020, SpaceX and NASA launched the Crew Dragon, the first private human vehicle to head for orbit ever. Did you and your child happen to catch the launch? The first successful space mission in almost a decade definitely captured my own 7-year-old’s curiosity and now he is obsessed with all thing space-related. Thankfully, there are plenty of books and activity kits out there to peak any child’s interest. Here are a few that are sure to transport your budding astronaut to the final frontier.
FIRST FACTS AND FLAPS: SUPER SPACE
This board book is chock-full of 30 flaps, a giant fold-out and colorful illustrations that provide an age-appropriate introduction to space travel for 3-5 year-olds. Children will discover the basics of the solar system, space station, space suits and more.
SMITHSONIAN ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE: SPACE
We love this kit that comes complete with 3-D models, a DIY diorama and colorful booklet teaming with space facts. First through third graders will delight in creating their own moon landings and mission to Mars. Parents will appreciate that everything can be packed up into a sturdy astronaut-shaped boxed once playtime is over.
ENGINEER ACADEMY SPACE
Is your young explorer ready to take the next step in their space training? This kit includes a 64-page science book and engaging STEM activities that encourage tweens to test theories, construct a rocket, and more.
BEYOND THE BOOKS
Looking for a summer craft that will keep your children entertained for hours? If you have an abundance of cardboard boxes lying around from all that online shopping, it’s time to choose the biggest one and task the kiddos with building their very own rocket ship. Click here to get started (http://www.createinthechaos.com/cardboard-rocket-tutorial/).