In the second part of this special one-hour video, Blippi blasts off to outer space! As he visits the planets, you and your child will learn some fun facts about each and do some silly movements along with him.
Prepare to watch Part 2 of the video by completing the “Solar System Model” activity with your child. Then, play the video and learn and have fun with Blippi! When the video is over, do the “Human Rover” activity.
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Remind your child that you’re going to watch a video in which Blippi visits outer space and teaches you about the solar system.
Explain that, to prepare to watch the video, you’ll make a model of the solar system with things you have at home!
Together, create a model of the solar system. Try to represent the sun with the biggest object, Mercury with the smallest object, and so on.
Ask your child if they were surprised by any of the sizes of the planets in relation to each other and the sun. Ask them which planet they think would be the hottest? Coldest? Least heavy?
Explain that you’ll get some answers to these questions in the video.
You might extend this activity by talking about and modeling the way the planets orbit around the sun.
Invite your child to join you in watching the rest of the special Blippi video about space. Remind them that in this part of the video, you’ll go along with Blippi as he explores the solar system.
Explain that during the video, Blippi will invite you to move your bodies, and you’ll do the movements along with him.
Find a place that has enough space for both of you to move comfortably.
Play the video and do the moves together.
When the video is over, remind your child that you made a list of questions earlier. Ask if any of their questions were answered in this part of the video.
Ask them if they thought of any new questions while they watched.
Finally, ask your child how it feels knowing that they’ve helped other kids through Kid Power! Do they know what a ready to use therapeutic food packet is? Which local cause did they decide to donate to?
Ask your child if they remember what a Mars rover does. If needed, remind them that Mars rovers collect information about the planet so that scientists can study it. Explain that the rovers can collect rock samples and take pictures. Tell your child that sometimes, rovers are able to move on their own and sometimes scientists tell them where to go.
Invite your child to pretend to be a Mars rover! Explain that you’ll be the scientist, and will tell them how to get where they are going. They must follow your directions exactly, to get to the “space rocks” you’ve placed in the area. Once they’ve reached a rock, they need to put it into their bowl or bucket.
Use verbal directions to guide your child through the space, avoiding obstacles, to collect all of the rocks.
Ask your child what the most fun part of this activity was, and why.
Then, ask them what the most challenging part was, and why. How did they feel, having to follow the directions you gave them in order to move? What might have made collecting the objects easier?
You might extend this activity by switching places and inviting your child to be the scientist while you collect rocks!