Did you know that Friday is International Asteroid Day?
International Asteroid Day is an annual event on June 30th that raises awareness about the potential dangers of asteroids and the importance of asteroid research and deflection. It was founded in 2014 by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN).
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate International Asteroid Day with preschoolers:
- Read a book about asteroids. There are many children's books about asteroids, such as "The Day the Asteroid Came" by Margaret McNamara and "Asteroids: Deadly Visitors from Space" by Seymour Simon. Reading a book about asteroids can help preschoolers learn about what asteroids are, how they are formed, and the potential dangers they pose.
- Make an asteroid model. Preschoolers can use clay, playdough, or other materials to make their own asteroid models. This activity can help them learn about the different shapes and sizes of asteroids.
- Play an asteroid game. There are many different asteroid games that preschoolers can play, such as "Asteroid Dodgeball" or "Asteroid Bowling." These games can help preschoolers learn about the speed and trajectory of asteroids.
- Watch a video about asteroids. There are many educational videos about asteroids available online. Watching a video can help preschoolers learn more about asteroids in a fun and engaging way.
- Create a space mural. Preschoolers can use paint, markers, or other materials to create a space mural. They can include asteroids, planets, stars, and other space objects in their mural.
- Have a space-themed snack. Serve preschoolers snacks that are shaped like asteroids, planets, or stars. This can help them learn about the different objects in space while enjoying a delicious snack.
These are just a few ideas on how to celebrate #International_Asteroid_Day with #preschoolers. By engaging in these activities, preschoolers can learn about asteroids, the potential dangers they pose, and the importance of asteroid research and deflection.
Take some time this week to teach your kiddos about the galaxy and asteroids, and make it fun with this easy galaxy playdough recipe.
- 1 cup flour
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 oz. boiling water
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 Tbsp hair conditioner
- Black food coloring
- Foam stars
- Aluminum foil
- In a bowl mix together flour, cornstarch, salt, hair conditioner, oil, boiling water, black food coloring, and glitter.
- Mix by hand.
- Roll small pieces of aluminum foil into balls as asteroids, add them to the play dough.
- Add foam stars or stickers.
Even our youngest children can learn about science! ChildCareEd's Tomorrow's Einsteins: Infant and Toddler Science training course provides strategies caregivers can use to incorporate science learning in the infant and toddler classroom!