PDFs of Space Place activities

PDFs of Space Place activities

PDFs of Space Place Make-and-Do Activities

On this page, we offer print-ready .pdf files of Space Place's popular hands-on activities. Print these out and you no longer need to be connected to a computer to have a fun, educational experience. Perfect for the classroom, for after school, or for camps.


Sun

cartoon of star-shapped cookie with a colored star in the middle

Make colorful star cookies! Make these yummy star cookies with genuine star-colored centers you can see through.






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Earth

image of the birdfeeder

Build your own birdseed wreath! Birds will love this simple bird feeder!






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image of the cloud mobile

Make a cloud mobile! This mobile of beautiful, feather-weight clouds is balanced so that any gentle breeze sends them turning and twisting. Some are rain clouds, dropping sparkling showers below.

But it's not just a pretty work of art. The shapes represent certain types of clouds.

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image of the cloud mobile

Whip up some El Niño pudding! You have probably heard people blame "El Niño" for everything from bad weather to lost homework. Now we are going to "blame El Niño" for inspiring a delicious and colorful dessert!

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image of gumdrops in the shape of a smiley face

Get your gummy greenhouse gases! Got gumdrops? Then you can build models of molecules. Molecules are tiny structures that make up just about all matter—including you! Molecules themselves are made of atoms, the basic building blocks of matter.

Using just four kinds of atoms as building blocks, you can construct many different types of molecules. In this project, you will build models of some gas molecules. These kinds of gas molecules are part of the air. They are called greenhouse gases.

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cartoon illustrating the four major phases of the moon

Make Oreo Moon phases! Open up some Oreo cookies and scrape off the creme filling to make the four major phases of the Moon


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cartoon of a covered box with a teddy bear inside and a stick used to 'map' the bear from above

"See" inside a closed box! Suppose someone shows you a box and says it contains a mysterious object. Figure out what's in the box without looking or touching and the object is yours!

The box has no lid, but is covered by a piece of paper so you can't see inside. You are allowed to poke small holes in the paper with a sharp, straight stick of some kind, like a knitting needle, but you can't peek inside. How would you discover what's in the box?.

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cartoon showing a clay topo map and the peices of clay used to create it

Make a topographic map! Build your own mountain and make a topo map of it!





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Picture of a finished topo map puzzle

Make a relief map jigsaw puzzle! Wouldn't it be fun to make your own miniature world, complete with mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and volcanoes?!


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Solar System

image of an asteroid

Make asteroids you can eat! Create your own odd-shaped asteroids out of plain old mashed potatoes. Bake them in the oven to turn them (more or less) asteroid color. Then eat your asteroids for dinner!




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cartoon of a moon cookie

Make Moon cookies! No baking required!








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cartoon of a moon habitat

Build a Moon habitat! Pretend you are an astronaut working with your teammates on the Moon to build your new lunar home.






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cartoon illustrating the four major phases of the moon

Make Oreo Moon phases! Open up some Oreo cookies and scrape off the creme filling to make the four major phases of the Moon


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cartoon showing one of the steps in this activity

Make a CD Saturn! You can make a lovely model of Saturn and her rings. You can hang your model Saturn from the ceiling and watch it gracefully turn with the air currents. Or your Saturn will make a beautiful holiday decoration.


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Space

image of the galactic mobile

Make a galactic mobile! Make your own collection of beautiful galaxies. Suspend them on a mobile so they turn and sparkle in the wind.










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cartoon of galaxy montages

Make a GALEX galaxy montage! Make a colorful work of galactic art using coffee filters, markers, and construction paper. Hang your galaxy montage on the wall or refrigerator. It will remind you of the beauty of the night sky and the great variety of shapes the galaxies take.

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cartoon of the physics machine

Build a physics machine! If you build it carefully, this crazy contraption demonstrates one of the basic laws of nature. This law explains many events we see every day. For example, why does a big truck come out the winner in a head-on crash with a small car, even if both are going the same speed upon impact?

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cartoon of star-shapped cookie with a colored star in the middle

Make colorful star cookies! Make these yummy star cookies with genuine star-colored centers you can see through.






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People and Technology

image of the birdfeeder

Build your own birdseed wreath! Birds will love this simple bird feeder!






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cartoon of two children conducting the e-nose activity.

Get nosey! Train your nose (and brain) to know what it smells. Find out if your nose is as finely tuned as the electronic noses NASA uses to keep astronauts on the International Space Station breathing safe air.

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image of gumdrops in the shape of a smiley face

Get your gummy greenhouse gases! Got gumdrops? Then you can build models of molecules. Molecules are tiny structures that make up just about all matter—including you! Molecules themselves are made of atoms, the basic building blocks of matter.

Using just four kinds of atoms as building blocks, you can construct many different types of molecules. In this project, you will build models of some gas molecules. These kinds of gas molecules are part of the air. They are called greenhouse gases.

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cartoon of two balloons covered in bits of paper

Ions in action! Make pieces of paper fly through the air and stick onto a balloon.









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cartoon of a moon habitat

Build a Moon habitat! Pretend you are an astronaut working with your teammates on the Moon to build your new lunar home.






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cartoon of a balloon-powered nanorover

Make a balloon-powered nanorover! Roving a mini-"planet" calls for a "mini-rover." NASA built a tiny rover just a couple of inches high to explore the surface of an asteroid and take pictures.

You can build a nanorover too. Try this one, made from three styrofoam meat trays.

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cartoon showing a completed pop-rocket

Build a bubble-powered rocket! Build your own rocket using paper and fizzing tablets! Watch it lift off. How high does your rocket go?



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cartoon of a sound cone with sound waves

Hear tiny sounds with a Super Sound Cone! Make a simple sound cone to turn up the volume on whatever sounds are coming from a particular direction. You will be amazed!

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cartoon of a covered box with a teddy bear inside and a stick used to 'map' the bear from above

"See" inside a closed box! Suppose someone shows you a box and says it contains a mysterious object. Figure out what's in the box without looking or touching and the object is yours!

The box has no lid, but is covered by a piece of paper so you can't see inside. You are allowed to poke small holes in the paper with a sharp, straight stick of some kind, like a knitting needle, but you can't peek inside. How would you discover what's in the box?.

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cartoon showing a clay topo map and the peices of clay used to create it

Make a topographic map! Build your own mountain and make a topo map of it!





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