Family Space Day Overview - Mercury
Family Space Day is a three hour event. The activities are set up so that children
and parents can select the order in which they undertake activities. Parents and
children are encouraged to learn, play, and explore together.
Objectives of the Day
- learn the characteristics of planets.
- learn about the surface and interior of Mercury.
- learn about what it would be like to live on Mercury.
- Station 1: What’s a Planet?
Children and their parents explore 6 boxes to learn the characteristics of
planets. The children answer questions related to each box and put their
answers on their answer sheet.
- Station 2: Mercury on a String
Children and their parents create a mobile of Mercury to add to their current
solar system mobile made from other Family Space Day events or have it be
the first of a series of planet mobiles.
- Station 3: Impact Craters!
Children explore how Mercury got covered with circular depressions. The
process of cratering is one of the most important geologic processes in our
solar system – as Mercury displays for us!
- Station 4: Living on Mercury Book
Children answer questions about what it would be like to live on Mercury and
then use different craft items to decorate their book.
- Station 5: Coloring Sheets and Games
Children can relax and color and play simple games related to Mercury.
- Station 6: Reading Room
Children and their parents can browse and read a selection of books about
Mercury (refer to book list for suggested reading).
Facilitator Information – Merucry
Explore Mercury – Book and Website References
All About Mercury – A Mercury Fact Sheet