Space-themed activities for kids

In addition to learning games, the Canadian Space Agency offers a junior astronaut program and contest

Space themed activities for kids

Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA

Little space explorers can experience some out-of-this-world fun with free online activities offered by The Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Dive in-depth into the universe through free at-home experiments, games, and podcasts — all revolving around the concepts of outer space, exploration, and science. The CSA’s online content includes fun learning games for children from kindergarten to Grade 12, educators, parents and youth organizations. The littlest scientists can build and launch a homemade rocket, discover what it’s like living and working on the International Space Station with Mission: Astronaut, learn about the body in space alongside astronaut Dr. Dave Rhys Williams, or test their knowledge of what it takes to make it to space. 3-2-1- liftoff!

Elementary and secondary students can download inspiring and informative posters, visit the multimedia page, or learn more about spaceflight and mission activities with Quebec astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

David Saint-Jacques in the Cupola of the International Space Station
Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA

Junior astronaut program and contest

There are also structured activities for grades 6 through 9 based on three streams – science and technology, fitness and nutrition, and teamwork and communications.

Youth who participate in all three streams are invited to enter a national contest where they will be required to register and share a video explaining why they would be the best Junior Astronaut candidate. Four applicants from each province and territory will be randomly selected to take part in a virtual camp in summer 2021. Registration remains open until February 28, 2021.

For more space-related resources for kids, have a look at our story about a Montreal space enthusiast and his local activities for children and adults.