Can you believe it’s 50 years since humans landed on the moon for the first time? The historic event was not only an incredible feat of science and engineering but also led to many innovations that have improved human life since. If you have children who are fascinated by space travel ( or if you want to inspire them ) this fun collection of space themed science experiments will make a great home space camp!
Don’t forget I also have a fun space themed book This Is Rocket Science which explores the principles behind space flight explaining difficult concepts through simple but exciting, hands on and easy space themed experiments.
DIY Space Camp for Kids
Docking in Space
Docking in space is quite a task, if you’ve seen the movie Apollo 13 I bet you were holding your breath when the astronauts had to dock with the lunar module. This fun docking activity is very simplified but a nice, simple demonstration of how tricky docking in space must be. It requires a bit of team work so is a great first space camp activity!
Did you know Apollo 14 struggled to dock the Command Service Module with the Lunar Module?
Our Expanding Universe
Did you know the Universe is expanding? A fun way to demonstrate this is with a balloon!
How does the Earth orbit the Sun?
Discover how the earth orbits the sun and moon orbits the earth in this super simple orbit activity.
Space Camp – Make a parachute
Discover why parachutes are sometimes used to slow the descent of spacecraft returning to Earth with our fun egg parachute activity. This is a great activity for introducing the concept of air resistance and gravity to kids.
Moon Phase Cupcakes
Learn about the moon with our moon phase cupcakes. Did you know we only see one side of the moon because of how it and the earth rotate?
Difficulties in space
Try threading pipe cleaners through a colander with bare hands and then wearing thick gloves or washing up gloves. It should feel much harder when wearing gloves.
Imagine being an astronaut and having to do something delicate whilst wearing a space suit?
Make a Rocket!!
These are both fantastic for teaching children about Newton’s Laws of Motion in a fun hands on way too!
Space Camp – Camp out and stargaze
It’s not a space camp without some stargazing!
If you can, it’s good to camp somewhere away from too much light pollution, but even a back garden stargazing camp out is great fun.
Top Tips for Stargazing with Kids
Remember to wrap up warm and use a red torch to help you see in the dark. You can easily make a red torch by attaching a piece of red cellophane over the end of the torch.
Download an app to help identify what you can see, SkyView is a great one to start with.
For more long term stargazing start a star diary or journal and record what you can see each night.
The Plough is always a fun group of stars to find as it looks like a saucepan. It’s actually part of Ursa Major, which is a constellation.
Orion’s Belt sits in the constellation of Orion ( the Hunter ). The belt is three bright stars in a row which are usually easy to spot!
Another famous star to locate is the North Star which sits directly above the North Pole and tends to stay in the same position.
What do you think? Would our DIY space Camp be a hit with your children?