World Space Week 2015

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World Space Week falls on October every year. During our online event to celebrate World Space Week 2015, we posted space themed information and activity ideas on the Science from the Start Facebook page, and now you can read all the posts here…

It’s World Space Week from 4th-10th October! We’ll have themed posts all week to celebrate, so to get us started, have a look at these amazing stargazing resources from CBeebies.

To make space-themed sensory bottles, put some water, black paint and a splash of oil in a clear plastic bottle and add things like glitter, foil stars and even a bit of washing up liquid. Make absolutely sure that the lids are secure – seal them with tape and/or glue. Then shake them, tip them and roll them around! Here are some we made for a World Space Week event at Carnforth Library last year (supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry).

Always supervise children with these bottles, and never leave them with them unattended.

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Find about more about space and NASA with the NASA video gallery. You can watch rocket launches, eclipses, videos from the International Space Station and more…]

Another lovely sensory resource that we made at our Royal Society of Chemistry supported event for World Space Week at Carnforth Library last year is space play dough. Mix flour, hot water and salt in 2:2:1 ratio, and add paint, glitter and foil stars. This dough was made with black paint, multi-coloured glitter and silver confetti stars. If you keep it in the fridge in an airtight container, it should last a few weeks.

While you’re making play dough, you could also create some play dough aliens – try this post from World Space Week 2012 by Rainy Day Mum for inspiration!

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Find a space-themed activity to do for World Space Week in this post from Fun at Home with the Kids.

Get some colouring practice and learn about space at the same time with these colouring sheets from NASA.

Make your very own rocket for World Space Week with just a few basic materials using these instructions from the BBC.

Remember to always follow the safety precautions: Children should get an adult to help them build and launch this rocket. Take the rocket outside to launch it and only ever fire into an area that is clear of people, animals and breakable objects. Wear safety goggles at all times and stand well back.