I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky and all the wonders and delights it brings. I am the one who when walking at night will have her gaze firmly towards the stars and sky. Thankfully I have yet to walk into a lamp post…
An event like the Orionids is a perfect way to get young ones excited by the night sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower, remnants of the comet Halley, is at its peak between the 21st and 22nd October with the possibility of seeing up to 20 shooting stars an hour. Its name comes from the fact that it seems to radiate from the Orion constellation. It can lead to great discussions about meteors and comets as well as learning to identify constellations. Many children I have taught have loved the challenge to identify all the different constellations.
However the discussion shouldn’t stop there!
Art and Craft
You could use the Orionids to inspire art work of the night sky, look at famous art works and see how the artist has portrayed the night sky (I know we are all thinking of Van Gogh here!) and I also love the idea of getting a bit creative and messy. I found these two great crafts on Pinterest!
At this time of year you might also be thinking of Autumn and Halloween and so I was pleased when I stumbled across this art project from Deep Space Sparkle!
Journaling with Kids
The theme of space could also offer some great journaling prompts!
- What would it be like to travel in space?
- What would you miss if you went on a mission into space?
- What would you do if you met an alien?
- Design your own constellation and write a story about how it was named
I can’t end without recommending some great space related books.
Three that popped straight into my head were Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan, Cakes in Space by Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve and Sidney, Stella and the Moon by Emma Yarlett. They are beautiful books, Nuts in Space for its humour that will appeal to children and adults alike (seriously see how many Star Wars references you can find!), Cakes in Space from the most amazing combination of Reeve and McIntyre and Sidney, Stella and the Moon which has the most beautiful illustrations and story.
Fingers crossed for clear skies! Please leave me a comment if you manage to see any shooting stars and have fun gazing at the stars!