We've been busy discussing all things outer space the past couple of weeks. Little J is busy learning some constellations and we're planning to do some night sky watching soon. A nearby planetarium is having an evening program to watch the upcoming Perseids meteor shower and I think we're going to participate.
Last year Little J studied the solar system in school. He built this outer space model using a craft store kit and a big box. He swirled black and blue tempera paint on the inside of a large packing box. Next, using the chart provided in the kit, he measured and cut the wire to the correct lengths to represent the planet's distance from the sun. After gluing all the planets in orbit around the sun we hung it from the top of the box.
He spent hours playing with his space tube toys. I pulled it out of the attic the other day and he sat down with Juiciness and Sassyfras to teach them the names of the planets. It was really cute. They wanted to touch it way more than he was willing to let them though. He has it back in his room again and is enjoying it all over again.
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