Space For Kids

Space for kids picks out the best activities and ideas for all ages.

You'll find:

  • a free planet printable
  • fun games
  • free solar system trading cards
  • take your own photos using a remote telescope
  • build a homeschool space probe
  • watch astronaut Chris Hadfield and the inspirational Brian Cox

And see how amazing the Universe really is.

free planets printable
free printable

Get your Planets printable here.

Space Games For Kids

  • NASA's Space Place has some great free space games. One of my son William's homeschool favorites is Quest for a Comet where you are in charge of an orbiter and lander and have to transmit data back to Earth.
  • They also have this free pdf of space activities with popular hands-on projects like making:
  • star cookies
  • a cloud mobile
  • a CD Saturn
  • a Moon habitat.

You can build your own space mission at NASA's jet propulsion laboratory. 

They also have interesting space video shorts about Jupiter's Moon Europa and What is a Dwarf Planet?

Best Space Websites For Kids

Galaxy Zoo
  • Stellarium is a planetarium software that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars. It's free.
  • Help science by looking for planets around other stars.
  • Galaxy Zoo is similar to the above, where you can help astronomers explore the Universe
  • Zooniverse links you into Solar storm watch, the Milky Way Project and many more.
apollo rocket

"If you are doing anything about Space or science in general, then you need to check out this NASA Flickr account."

~ Joe

Space Activities For Kids

Voyager space probe model
  1. You can have fun turning straws into antennae to make you own homeschool Voyager kids model space probe.
  2. Make a model solar system complete with cotton wool Sun and modeling clay planets. 

Here's my son William with his homeschool model of the Planets:

Build a solar system model with free planets print out in this fabulous science projects for kids.

Free Solar System Trading Cards

solar system trading cards

Amazing Space has some great homeschool resources.

You can get these FREE Solar System Trading Cards.

This would make a wonderful activity.  Have a look on my page here to see ideas for how to make your own Top Trumps

Make A Star Constellation

star constellation

Nature Watch has created cardboard medallions with holes to represent each individual star in a constellation. When light shines through the medallion, the image of the constellation appears.

It's a neat idea; you do have to pay (N.B. this is not an affiliate link for me - I just thought it looks a fun thing to do).

Space Party Food

Space party food

Brilliant ideas for space party snacks including rocket wraps and Earth cookies.


Discovery space shuttl

This is one of my son William's favorites!

There's some great sets to enjoy.

Make a Space Globe

Make Your Own Space Globe

Download, print and make your own planetary globes for free!  This Science Center working with NASA let's you make your own, including Jupiter and Mars...

Activities For Older Kids

solar flares

Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Space for kids really comes alive with Astronaut Chris Hadfield!

Our family went to see Chris speak about his time in space and he has become one of our heroes.

Here he is performing a simple science experiment designed by High School students on surface tension in space using a wet washcloth.

We really enjoy his book: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here was one of my Birthday presents.

Both these are very inspiring books which help your kids see anything is possible - a great homeschool message which I am sure we would all love our kids to share.

Use A Remote Telescope

national schools observatory

I've checked with the Astro-Physics Department of Liverpool University, and if you are a home educator in the UK you can use a remote telescope based in the Canaries to take your own images of the Planets, Moon, galaxies etc.

It's a fantastic resource called the Liverpool Telescope run by the schools observatory which William and I enjoy using. Put your own address and contact details and enter 'Other' where it says 'School Category.'

Perfect if you're planning a space for kids project.

Hubble space image

All About Space Magazine

all about space

All About Space is a monthly magazine which William and I think is really great.

This link isn't an affiliate link which means I get nothing for suggesting this magazine, but like all the recommendations on my homeschool website I choose what I suggest not for money but because I hope they'll be useful.

If you're looking for a way to make space for kids interesting and keep up with all the latest discoveries - this is it!

Brian Cox

I read this book on holiday camping with the stars shining above the tent! A book to inspire Space for kids by one of the best presenters I know.

Pictures Of Space

NASA Space image

Looking at Space pictures is the way to really get kids amazed by the Universe. Here's a couple of great sites:

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You can find out what phase the Moon is in where you live by checking out this Moon phase site.

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