Home/Public Outreach/Children


Children

Handouts and ideas for Members giving talks to children in clubs such as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

Activity Ideas

For 6 to 8 year olds, this file provides more than an hour of astronomy related fun with ideas for games, quizes and activities that will keep the children busy whilst learning about the solar system.
Beavers 7.pdf

Planet Signs

Scouts_Signs.JPG
PlanetPosters.pdf
Use this file to make the planet signs these are great for games like guessing the order of the planets or guess the planet type games, have a look in the Beavers 7 file for more information on activities for 6-8 year olds

Toy Telescopes

Make some simple toy telescopes out of paper/plastic cups.
SCOUTS_ToyTeleinUse.JPG
'Telescope' in Use

SCOUTS_ToyTeleView.JPG
View through 'Telescope'

Download the instructions and constellation designs to build a toy telescope, great activity for Kids clubs aged 6 - 10 but enjoyed by children as young as 4.




Cubs & Brownies

Children 8 - 10 years old

Cubs has a set number of activities to attain their astronomy badge.
  1. Make a model or draw a simple diagram of the solar system.
  2. Explain the difference between a planet and a star.
  3. Identify three constellations
  4. Find out about and present some information on two of the following: Planets, Comets, the Northern Lights, The Sun, Eclipses, Meteorites, Black holes, the Moon, light years, Space exploration or any other space related subject.
  5. Observe the Moon, if possible using binoculars or a telescope. Describe some of its features.
  6. Know how to locate and identify the Pole Star. Know how explorers used it to navigate and plot courses.

Fact Sheets

22 (and counting) A5 fact sheets / leaflets for children 8-10 years old, but also good for complete beginners to astronomy, print these out or pass them to the leader in charge, these documents are provided free of copyright as long as they are not changed in any way.

Subjects Covered
To be added
SCOUTS_FactSheet.jpg
**factsheet.pdf**
best printed on A5
Sun
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Moon
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Comets
Eclipses
Orion
Ursa Major
Cassiopeia
Leo
Cygnus
Auriga
Taurus
Aurora
Meteors
Asteroids
Black Holes
Stars
Galaxies
Variable Stars
Nebulae
Dwarf Planets**

Activities

cubs.pdf
Activities for 8-10 year olds

Solar System Tape Measure

If it is cloudy and you don't have a great deal of room, this tape measure, inspired by an old PPARC design, will help you describe the distances and sizes of the planets, the planets use a scale that makes them 1,000 times larger than the distances.
Alternatively this could be an activity for the children to make. Constructing a space or astronomy related model is in the criteria for the Astronomy badge for Cub Scouts (point 1 above).
SCOUTS_SSTape_Roll.JPG
Download the design and instructions all on a single piece of A4 paper, you will also need some cocktail sticks!

Solar_System_Tape_Measure.pdf
SCOUTS_SSTapeUnrolled.JPG

Cub/Brownie presentation

You can use this presentation scouts.pptx for Cub and Brownie groups (or schools in key stage 2) it covers the following
  1. Finding the north at night
    1. Finding the plough and using the pointers to find polaris
    2. The fact that the plough is at different orientations at different times and seasons
  2. Finding some key constellations
    1. Cassiopeia
    2. Leo
    3. Auriga
    4. Orion
    5. Taurus
    6. Pleiades (in Taurus)
  3. Difference between a planet and a star (this is just a prompt for the presenter to discuss this)
  4. The planets (this is just a set of slides that add a planet at a time so the presenter can discuss with the kids)

Copyright © 2005-2017 Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society Dartford, Kent.Registered Charity Number 1156678. All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced.
Page edited 19 times. Last edit by - SimonTelescopium SimonTelescopium on Nov 28, 2014 8:32 am. This site contains 560 pages
CMHASD - children