Earlier this year, MF suddenly found an interest in Astronomy. This happened during a period where Venus and Jupiter converged and the two planets could be seen with our naked eyes, as bright spots in the sky. This got the kids super excited every single night, as they looked to the sky every night looking for Venus and Jupiter.
You know how kids are with their fads. When they like something, it becomes everything. So during this time, everything from the books we borrowed from the library to the apps on our phones were about Astronomy. In this post, I shall share some of the resources you can tap into if you are looking to introduce Astronomy to young children.
1. Books From National Library Board (NLB)
A quick visit to the library would bring you to an array of books about our Solar System. Head straight for the non-fiction section, call number 523. The books have varying degrees of difficulty, and for young children, I recommend the above book, “My First Book of The Solar System”.
2. YouTube Videos
Again, there are many videos regarding our Solar System on YouTube. The one MF loved the most was the one above by KidsTV123. If you saw my post on resources for teaching Phonics, you will be familiar with KidsTV123 whose Phonics Song video is extremely popular on YouTube. Somehow my kids just have a thing for their educational videos. I thought the above video was pretty slow and boring, but MF could stay glued to it the whole 4+ minutes. And after watching this Solar System video of theirs, MF could tell me things like “Mercury is the closest planet to the sun”, “Jupiter is the largest planet and spins the fastest” and the colours of all the planets. Kid definitely knows more than me where our Solar System is concerned!
3. Google Sky Map
We installed the Google Sky Map app on our android phones and every night, the boys would use it to spot the planets in the sky. When the planets are too far to be seen, the app can also be used to spot constellations. If you are using an iPhone, just search the app store for ‘Sky Map’ for something similar.
4. Visit to Singapore Science Centre Observatory (SCOB)
To get a closer look at the planets, head to Singapore Science Centre Observatory (SCOB). It opens every Friday evening for the public to take a peek through the giant telescope for FREE! Not just that, they also conduct planetary talks once a month.
5. Follow SCOB’s Facebook Page
Other than visiting SCOB, you can stay up to date with the latest Astronomy news by following SCOB’s Facebook Page. They share news such as rare sightings of planets converging and ongoing events in Singapore that are related to Astronomy.
6. Visit Omni Theatre
Fly into space at the Omni Theatre with digital movies screened on the giant dome screen that allow you to experience what it’s like below the clouds of Venus, stand on Mars and get up close to the beautiful rings of Saturn.
7. Visit to KidsStop Singapore
Pay a visit to KidsStop Singapore, located right next to SCOB. There is a small section at KidsStop explaining the solar system and constellations, in addition to TONS of super fun activities for kids there on other Science topics.
8. 4D+ Augmented Reality Space Flashcards
If you are have never heard of Augmented Reality flashcards, check out my posts on Animals 4D+ and Octaland 4D+ flashcards to understand how they work. The Space 4D+ set of 38 flashcards not only features planets in our solar system, there are also cards about satellites, rovers, and famous space missions! Here’s a quick demo:
[Disclosure: We received a free set of Space 4D+ flashcards as part of our continued collaboration with DIY Flashcard & Edutoys to review their augmented reality flashcard series.]
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