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Explore Space with Myriam Sandler from Mothercould

We love Little Passports and have been exploring the world with World Edition (and Nicky can’t get enough of that suitcase), but this month, we traveled to outer space with the Little Passports Science Expeditions line. 

Outer space is such a mysterious and fascinating place! While we might think of planet Earth as large, it’s just a tiny part of our solar system. Even more mind-blowing is the fact that our solar system is just one of the endless systems throughout the universe. Scientists don’t know the extent of the galaxy since it doesn’t seem to have an end at all! But let’s start exploring what we do know about—the planets!

In this month’s Science Expeditions kit, we made our own model of the solar system. We painted spheres that represent the different planets and later assembled them in the order of their distance from the Sun. We learned that Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun while Earth is just the perfect distance from it to support human, animal, and plant life. After this activity, I thought it would be fun to play a  search-and-match activity while learning the names of the planets and their different characteristics. Together, we made an outer space search bag using planet cutouts, a zipper storage bag, and some other supplies. We searched through “space” to find the planets, then matched them to the solar system we had assembled. Such a fun way to play and learn!

Planet Search-and-Match Activity

YOU’LL NEED:

-A zipper storage  bag (gallon size and freezer grade)

-Rubbing alcohol

-Clear hair gel

-Black food coloring

-Glitter 

-Planet cutouts

-Clear tape

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step One: If your bag has a label, remove it by wiping it off using rubbing alcohol.

Step Two: Open the bag and add hair gel, black food coloring, and glitter.

Step Three: Seal the bag and mix well. Make sure there are no air bubbles inside.

Step Four: Tape some planet cutouts to the back of the bag, color side down.

Repeat for all the planets.

Step Five: Flip the bag over and move the dark gel around to search for the planets.

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