There is a time when all boys and girls feel a special attraction to space. Many of them last this hobby until older, and even become astronauts, or astronomers.
To be able to tell your children all the secrets of space we recommend a series of activities, stories, or internet pages so that you can enjoy the universe at home. Not forgetting a visit to the planetarium, where they will come into contact with this whole universe, never better said.
Books for future astronauts and astronomers
The sky, the planets and the stars are passionate about our children and us. For imagination there is nothing better than space travel and aliens, but we can also find science and learn many things. To have fun and learn we have The great book of space
Anne-Sophie Baumann is recommended from 3 years old. It has more than 40 animations to discover what an astronaut’s equipment looks like and how rockets take off, explore the International Space Station and planet Mars, admire the Earth in 3D.
My first book on astronomy, by Carolina Silva Trejos, is already a book for boys and girls aged 6 to 9. It is a very didactic and fully illustrated work. The first part of the book contains the basics about astronomy and related natural phenomena, and in the second part there are already interesting questions that boys and girls often ask about these issues.
And how not Geronimo Stilton came into space too! The detective mouse and his friends will tell your children all the secrets of space: the most Earth-like planets, stars, types of galaxies, black holes, day-to-day astronauts…
Visit to the planetarium
One of the best things you can do if your son or daughter shows a minimum of interest in the secrets of space, is going to a planetarium. On the planetariums you will enjoy astronomical presentations, as well as children’s workshops and didactic activities. This is an experience for families to observe recreations of the night sky, stars or the Universe in a fun and didactic way.
The activities proposed in the planetariums are oriented, above all, to workshops on scientific discovery, astronomical initiation, guided tours. There are even interactive tours focused on the Big Bang. In general, there are exhibitions of both temporary and permanent nature in planetariums. It is possible that these exhibitions find showcases with “pieces” of science and experiments that invite children to learn and learn about the secrets of space.
In Granada Science Park, until February 2021 you have an activity called Touching the sky to explore space. And if you can’t move to a planetarium, Madrid has a YouTube channel where they share all kinds of experiences.
Tools to discover the secrets of space
You may not know, but there are plenty of mobile and tablet apps to see the space and investigate its origins. NASA itself allows you to take a journey through space through an app, and share numerous images of planets and galaxies.
Astrokids is a free app in which the protagonists are characters with which you can explore the space. There are different interactive activities such as drawing shapes with stars or solving astronomy puzzles. With it it is possible to understand simple concepts such as stars, planets, solar system, phases of the Moon or constellations.
You may know Google Sky Map, it’s a way to see the sky with an outer space viewer. Sky Map is available for free in the Google Play store. It is very easy to download in simple steps. When you have it installed you just have to point the device anywhere in the sky, and the whole universe will open before you. You can also search for a particular planet or star.