Hi everyone, this is Elise with day 2 of your Space Week at home activities. If you missed day 1, you can find the first space activity here.
This has been quite the week. With the earthquake in Utah yesterday, and the continued community closures, I know all of us are feeling a little rattled. After getting my 72 hour kit ready and by the door, I thought about what activity we could still do that would be easy and engaging for the kiddos.
I decided on one of my favorite quiet activities from my childhood – tangrams! If you have never used tangrams before, they are a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces that can be arranged to make various other shapes. Either you can print the tangram template I have provided, or you can draw your own, like this. Tangrams are perfect for children of all ages, and you can make the activity as mathematical as you like. You can practice shapes, angles, measurements, colors, and more.
After cutting out the tangram shapes, you will create different rocket puzzles – each rocket puzzle uses all the pieces of the tangram. To get inspiration and learn more about rocket launches, check out this Space X Starlink Mission video. This video is from the launch that took place yesterday morning, March 18th, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.