These hands-on space science activities relate to simple concepts and will take a short amount of time, or can be done as a demonstration. They can be extended through discussion.
Jump To Jupiter
Children explore a scale model of the solar system, counting the number of jumps to each planet.
A Trip to Mars
Children play a game using posters and dice that steps through a human mission to Mars, to learn about the variety of people on the ground supporting missions, and the factors that can affect a mission outcome.
Make a 3D Viewer
Children ages 8 up to adults cut, fold, and tape a stereoscopic viewer to examine planetary stereo images.
Kid Moon: Splat! Children use water balloons as a model of impacts, comparing the width of the balloon to the width of the splatter.