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Our Space Explorer Adventure

Our Space Explorer Adventure

Studying about space is such an astonishing concept. It is awe-inspiring and it certainly puts us in our rightful place when it comes to our smallness in comparison to the vast universe all around us. It has been such an out-of-this-world experience watching the videos of the planets, our galaxy and the universe. So vast. So beautiful. So perfect.

Join us as we show you what we did to learn about space. In this post, you will be inspired to invite your children to embark on a space explorer adventure, to capture the beauty of the universe with you and to “bring space home” with hands-on activities, lessons, crafts and video excerpts. Take a look and watch your children’ eyes brighten with wonder.

Our Space Explorer Adventure

Take a look at our setup. Doesn’t it look inviting? I know it is small, but it contains everything we needed for our space adventure. We covered so much! You will see just how awesome this unit was. We are studying Astronomy this year in our co-op, so when I was asked to review the Space Explorer kit by Montessori by Mom, I was very excited. This is our first time using a kit by them, so I was very eager to give it a try.

First of all, I was impressed how Montessori by Mom sets up tutorial videos for ever activity in the kits. This is a very reassuring bonus for moms that are either new to teaching their little ones at home or that are new to Montessori. The videos were very comprehensive and easy to understand (and implement).

Our Space Explorer Adventure

I was glad to find the pamphlets and written information just as helpful. I mean, really, with this kit, I felt prepared and ready because I had everything I needed and I knew exactly what to do with everything. I will show you some of the activities we did. I can’t show you every single thing because this post would be extremely long.

The first part of the unit was cool. I loved how we started out learning about the difference between a square and a cube, a circle and a sphere. It is important for children to understand that planets are spheres and not just circles on a sheet of paper. We also learned about the word “scale” and how Earth and the moon look next to each other. And lastly, we learned the word “orbit” and talked about the moon, it phases and how it orbits the Earth.

solar system

I got little wooden wings to hold our solar system replicas. Not only do they look awesome, but they don’t get lost or roll around. My children had a great time learning about each of the planets. We learned some interesting facts and we also learned the order of the planets as the appear (from closest to farthest from the sun).
Our Space Explorer Adventure

Next, we made the solar system craft. Now, this craft was definitely one of my children’s favorite activity. They enjoyed telling me the order of the planets as they arranged them to glue them on the black paper and they thought that their solar systems looks great. They were truly proud of this craft and they wouldn’t let me hang them up in our homeschool room. They each wanted their within view in their bedrooms.

Our Space Explorer Adventure

This part of the Montessori by Mom Space Explorer lesson was intriguing to my children. Stars and constellations. They are fascinating on their own, but studying them truly sparked that sense of wonder and imagination. You should’ve seen my children’s faces when we talked about what stars are and how constellations are found in the night sky.

We used the looking glass from the kit as well as constellation postcards. We used a pushpin to poke holes in the stars and, when placed again the light, we could see the constellations come to life. The kit comes with doubles of the constellation postcards to be matched up. I am telling you: there are so many skills that are practiced through the Space Explorer kit!

Our Space Explorer Adventure

Take a look at our fine motor skills activity and craft. We made constellations using a star paper punch (also included in the kit). They kept my little ones focused and interested until they each completed two constellations, beginning to end. It was a simple craft, yet it required practicing fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, spatial discrimination, a steady hand and knowledge of constellations and what they look like (to replicate).

Our Space Explorer Adventure

And last, but not least, what is a full and complete unit with a related snack? We loved baking our favorite homemade gluten free strawberry shortcake muffins in the shape of a star (mold was included in the kit). It was a great way to wrap up the unit after reading books, watching videos, making crafts and several activities and having engaging conversations about space.

Our Space Explorer Adventure

In the end, I want to say that I definitely recommend Montessori by Mom kits. They are very complete and very easy to use. Wha impressed me the most about Space Explorer is that I literally got everything that I needed for the unit (except for the laptop). The lessons, activities and information given were thorough and very complete. Give Montessori by Mom a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. The 3-part cards include a wonderful set of Solar System pictures to match up.
  2. This Memory Game has a great set of pictures of the Solar System planets and such.
  3. To teach the Solar System to kids the easiest way, these Notebooking pages are the ticket!
  4. These Photo 3-part cards can help kids learn the Solar System in order!
  5. Our lovely home in the Solar System is precious. Kids will love learning about it and its surrounding heavenly bodies with this fantastic Bingo Game.
  6. For the sake of making space activities for kids more fun and relaxed, give the kids this set of Outer Space Coloring Pages to learn and practice fine motor skills at the same time!
  7. Outer Space for kids can cross over to other subjects by using these Manuscript Handwriting pages!
  8. Another set of Outer Space ideas for kids is to use these Cursive Handwriting pages!
  9. Your kids will absolutely love these Outer Space Facts for Kids (Printable Cards)!
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You get all of this and a list of super fun Outer Space and Solar System arts, crafts and other ideas that will complete your fantastic unit!

Astronomy Notebooking Pages

Our Space Explorer Adventure

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  1. This is just wonderful. We are thrilled you enjoyed Space Explorer. Your special snack looks delicious made into a star and we hope to see you back at Montessori By Mom soon. 🙂

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