Learning About Air and Space Travel
July 20 marks the 41st anniversary of man's first moon landing, and the 24th is Amelia Earhart Day. What better month to teach your kids all about air and space travel, and some of the cool stuff the heavens hold?
MAKE awesome paper airplanes designed to glide at least 50 feet. For a demo, go to Parenting.com/plane.
SPACE OUT Kids can learn how real scientists study planets-and try it themselves-by visiting the online Cyber Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at nasm.si.edu (click on "online activities" in the "education" tab).
READ For out-of-this-world info on everything from the sun's temperature to why Mars is red, check out What Is the Moon Made Of? And Other Questions Kids Have About Space, by Donna H. Bowman (Picture Window Books, 4 and up). Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy Ready, Set, Go! by Nina Laden, a colorful board book about a rocket launch (Chronicle Books, 3 and up).
GAZE Pick a clear night and see how many constellations you can find. For a July sky map, visit sciencecenter.net/whatsup/07/constoff.htm.
EAT like the astronauts: Fill zip-lock sandwich bags with pudding, cut off a corner of each bag, and let kids suck the sweet stuff out. (For extra authenticity, make a spaceship out of couch cushions, too!)