In the first part of this special one-hour video, Blippi takes you and your child on a tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. You and your child will learn some fun facts about space exploration, and do some silly movements along with Blippi.
Prepare to watch the first half of the video by completing the “What Do We Know? What Will We Learn?” activity with your child. Then, play the video and learn and have fun with Blippi! About halfway through, stop the video and take a break to do the “Moon Footprints” activity.
Then, use the same process to complete the Day 2 activities together.
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A quiet place to talk.
Tell your child that you’re going to watch a special Blippi video about space. Explain that, in the first part of the video, Blippi will explore a space exploration museum called Kennedy Space Center.
In the second part of the video, he’ll hop into his Blippi-mobile to check out each of the planets in our solar system.
Ask your child what they already know about about:
Ask your child what they want to learn about each of those topics. You might make a mental list (or paper list!) of questions your child has, so that you can revisit the list after the video.
If they have a difficult time coming up with questions, you might prompt them with one or two of your own.
Ask your child how their mind and body feel right now, after thinking about all the questions they have about space. Explain that there’s no right or wrong way to feel.
Invite your child to join you in watching a special video with Blippi. Remind them that in this first part, you’ll be learning all about a space exploration museum called Kennedy Space Center.
Explain that during the video, Blippi will invite you to move your bodies, and you’ll do the movements along with him.
Tell your child that you’ll be stopping the video about halfway through to do an activity related to what you learned about the Kennedy Space Center, and that you’ll watch the solar system part later.
Find a place that has enough space for both of you to move comfortably.
Explain that now you’re going to learn and explore with Blippi today, and that when he does silly or fun moves, you’re going to do them along with him!
Play the video and do the moves together.
Stop the video when Blippi leaves the space center and blasts off into space.
When the video is over, ask your child if any of their questions were answered. You might remind them of the questions they came up with in the pre-video activity.
Ask them if they thought of any new questions while they watched.
Ask your child if they remember what the footprints on the moon looked like. If they have trouble recalling, show them this image:
Have your child predict what their own footprint on the moon might look like if they do the following things:
If your moon is made of loose dirt, head outside.
If your moon is made of flour, pour a layer of flour into a tray or directly on the surface (you’ll need to wipe it clean when you’re done).
Invite your child to perform each of the above actions on your moon, pretending they’re an astronaut.
Observe what happens and note together whether their predictions were correct or incorrect.
Ask your child which footprint looked most like something they might see on the moon, and why.
Remind them that Blippi told you that footprints last a REALLY long time on the moon, because there’s no wind to blow the dirt around. Ask how it might feel to know that your footprints are on the moon for many years.
You can extend this activity by having your child experiment with different types of shoes, or even barefoot!
You can also see what happens when different objects land in the dirt/flour.