And luckily, we left for the countryside during the weekend, giving us plenty of space to look at the sky, without interference from the lights.
So here is our road into learning about the universe as to now:
I had prepared a modeling dough earth, about a week ago, while we were into earth's layer. Not having time to do this activity with him before, I sliced the planet with him to discover what is inside. He was so interested to see the inside of it!
I did the model with M, while X was at school. It was a very interesting and educational activity for her too!
I found a set of 3 part cards, not intended to be used that way, but as a guide. I provided X with a container of needles so he can stick the small papers in the right layer of the earth.
I have found this file here
But then, seeing that his interest exploded about anything constellations, I started to build an activity along this line.
X is crazy about paperwork. Files! He adores them. So, I built something that would have file as a medium:
They were found at the very good site: Le jardin de Kiran (in french)
They are used to make a constellation projector. The idea is brilliant. But lacking the time to do it, I used the cards, punched holes, and we have been projecting our constellation with a flash light on the walls since.
These cards are very well made, and includes the name of the constellation both in script and cursive letters, along with identification of any phonems by the use of another color.
I have also included
a map of the planets around the sun (also from le jardin de Kiran)
and a chart of earth's layer (on your right hand side):
Everything was put in a blue file folder