Family Space Day Overview - Sun
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 about the size, distance, and characteristics of the Sun.
- explore the different wavelengths of light emitted by the Sun.
- learn how the Sun’s light affects us.
This would be a great time to contact your local astronomy club and
ask them to host a solar telescope viewing at your event. You can
safely view Sunspots and more through a solar telescope!
- Station 1: Sun Posters
Children and their parents examine 9 informational posters to learn about
- Station 2: The Size of the Sun
Children and their parents explore how the size of the Earth compares to the
size of the Sun. This activity is integrated into Station 1: Sun Posters.
- Station 3: Paper Plate Sun
Children and their parents investigate the relative size of our Earth and Sun
and their distance apart, and create artistic representations of its layers and
- Station 4: The Colors of the Sunshine
Children and their parents observe that the Sun’s “white” light is actually
made of many different colors of light.
- Station 5: Solar S’Mores
Children make a solar oven to make yummy S’Mores!
- Station 6: UV Thing
Children and their parents experiment to find out what happens when the
UV-sensitive beads are exposed to different sources of energy: visible light
from flashlight, heat from a hair dryer, ultraviolet light from a UV lamp, and
- Station 7: Amazing Rays
Children explore the Sun’s light as energy using photosensitive paper.
- Station 8: Counting Sunspots
Children and their parents discover the pattern created when plotting the
number of Sunspots over a long period of time.
- Station 9: Sun Telescope
Children and their parents view and then draw Sunspots safely by projecting
the Sun onto a white background.
- Station 10: Coloring Sheets and Games
Children relax and color and play simple games related to the Sun.
- Station 11: Reading Room
Children and their parents browse and read a selection of books about the
Sun (refer to book list for suggested reading).
Facilitator Information – Sun
Explore the Sun– Book and Website References
All About the Sun– A Sun Fact Sheet