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Moon Facts for Kids

Moon Facts for Kids

Although a man hasn’t set foot on the Moon for almost 50 years now, it remains a source of fascination for humans. Countries including Russia, the United States, China and Japan have all sent spacecraft up there in the intervening years as we seek to learn more about it. And it’s not just adults and scientists who are interested in the moon – it’s a popular thing to learn about for kids.

The Moon can be a great way to introduce your kids to science and the solar system. In this blog we’ve researched 10 fascinating facts about the moon which we think your kids will find particularly interesting. We’ve also designed a PDF poster that you can print off for free and stick it on your wall at home. If you find that these facts caught your kids’ attention, we’ve even listed some further reading resources at the bottom of the blog.

10 Facts About the Moon for Kids


1. It takes 27.3 days for the Moon to travel around Earth

This explains why the Moon always seems to appear in different places in the night sky.

2. The only reason we can see the Moon is because it reflects light from the sun

That’s what gives the Moon it’s bright white appearance. It’s also why the shape of the Moon seems to change a lot.

3. The Earth is about 4 times bigger than the Moon

The Moon measures 3,476km in diameter, while the Earth measures 12,756km.

4. A total of 12 people have been on the Moon

The first was Neil Armstrong in 1969, and the last was Gene Cernan in 1972.

5. …and their footprints will still be visible in 10 million years

That’s because the Moon has no weather and no erosion.

6. There are more than 200 moons in our solar system

While Earth only has one moon, Jupiter – the biggest planet in the solar system – has 79 moons!

7. There are huge craters and massive mountains on the Moon

The biggest crater is 8.2 kilometres deep, whilst the biggest mountain is 5,500m tall! That’s around half the size of Earth’s biggest mountain: Mount Everest.

8. The Moon is 4.6 billion years old

It is thought that the Moon was formed after Earth collided with a huge object.

9. It would take around 2 days to travel to the Moon

Are we there yet?

10. Ocean tides are caused by the Moon

It is the Moon’s gravitational pull that makes the Earth’s oceans move closer to and further away from the coast.


Free Printable PDF

We’ve gathered all of these interesting facts and put them on a poster for you to print off and stick on the wall at home. Click the image below to download your copy.

Moon Facts for Kids

Further Reading

If these moon facts for kids have piqued your child’s interest in the moon, you might like to try this children’s book about the Moon. It is part of the My First Discoveries series of non-fiction books for children, which bring learning to life with beautiful illustrations and interactive features.

Children's Book About the Moon

If that’s still not enough for you, here are some useful learning resources which you can use to teach your kids more about the Moon:

 

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Home Education During COVID-19 | Tips & Advice

Home Education During COVID-19

Home Education During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated a rapid shift to home education in the UK. Whilst for many parents the change will be a temporary one, there has been an estimated 38% rise in the number of parents indefinitely removing their kids from school. Both scenarios place an increased responsibility on parents to facilitate their children’s education.

For parents who are educating their kids at home for the first time, it can be a daunting experience. That’s why we’re here to give you some tips for getting started.  Whilst this is not meant as a comprehensive guide on all things home education, we are going to include plenty of general advice along with some links to further reading at the end of the blog.

Before You Start Home Education

In the UK there is likely to be a distinction between home education during COVID-19 for primary school and secondary school children, which affects your responsibilities as a parent.

Secondary schools may well have offered remote classes throughout the day for their pupils, meaning parents are mainly responsible for ensuring their children attend these lessons.

Primary schools, on the other hand, are likely to have offered limited remote learning and instead sent over resources, tasks and assignments for pupils to complete at home. This means the parents of primary school pupils may have extra responsibility to ensure their kids are still learning from home.

Whichever situation you’re in, it’s important to reiterate that as a parent you have not suddenly become your child’s teacher. You should see yourself as a facilitator of their learning, whether by ensuring they attend online classes or completing school assignments with them. Understanding your role is key to making sure you or your child are not overwhelmed by the idea of home education.

Home Education

Making Home Schooling Permanent

Parents are entitled to make home schooling a permanent arrangement after COVID-19, but there are some legal considerations to take into account. You will be solely responsible for your child’s education, as they will not be signed up to any specific school. Whilst this guide will include tips that apply to both temporary and permanent arrangements, you may wish to consult the additional resources at the end of the blog for more help with continuing home education for your children.

Stick to a Timetable

The shift from being taught at school to being taught at home is a sharp one, and if you’re not careful then it can affect the quality of your child’s education. One effective way of managing this transition is to  ensure your kids remain wedded to a timetable. A lot of things are going to change when your kids move to online learning, so it’s essential that you maintain as much stability in their daily routine as possible. Sticking to the school timetable also serves to keep a lid on your responsibilities as a parent and ensures you don’t try to do much.

Keeping Kids Engaged

Keeping your kids engaged throughout the school day is absolutely critical. Without social interaction with friends, physical activity and the familiar surroundings of school, it is easy for them to get distracted and disengaged. Here are some ideas to inject some life into their new school days and keep them motivated to learn.

Home Schooling

Physical Activity

The element of physical activity in a child’s school day is every bit as important as their lessons. It allows them to blow off steam and refresh their brains so they’re ready to learn again. Yet during the pandemic the opportunities for exercise, particularly for children, have become limited. We therefore recommend reserving some time every day for physical activity.

There are now a number of online resources to facilitate this, with the most popular in the UK being Joe Wicks. Throughout the lockdowns he has been running live daily P.E. sessions for children on his YouTube channel, and they’re a great place to start. You can find more resources like this at the end of the blog.

Social Interaction

One of the elements that will most be missing from home education is the social aspect. It’s natural that kids will have fewer opportunities to interact with teachers and classmates during online classes, and so you need to find a way of ensuring they can stay in touch remotely. You can do this by making it easy for them to use conferencing tools such as Zoom, Google Hangouts or WhatsApp, perhaps even arranging a time with other parents that your kids can chat to each other. It’s important that they’re to maintain these social interactions with people despite the remote learning.

Make Learning Fun

Making learning fun is certainly easier said than done! However there are a number of ways in which you can enrich your child’s learning experience. We recommend integrating activities, games and non fiction books into their daily learning routine to stave off boredom. Helping children to read non fiction books is a great way of combining a fun, engaging activity with learning and can be used to mix things up in the virtual classroom.

My First Discoveries Books

Home Education Reading & Resources

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Butterfly Facts for Kids

Butterfly Facts for Kids

Learn more about the amazing animal that is the butterfly with this list of butterfly facts for kids, including a free PDF that you can print out and put on your wall.

With their distinctive colours and huge wings, butterflies are often a source of fascination for children. They tend to be depicted as symbols of freedom in fantasy stories, and their transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly is a story in itself.

There are some amazing facts that your children can learn about butterflies. We have gathered together 10 of the best and put them into a list. What’s more, you can download the list as a printable PDF by scrolling down to the bottom of the page. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 butterfly facts for kids!

10 Facts About Butterflies

1. Butterflies flap their wings about five times every second

That’s right. It sounds fast – and it is – but it’s nothing compared to the Hummingbird, which flaps its wings around 100 times per second.

2. There are around 28,000 species of butterflies in the world

If you wanted to see all of them, you would have to discover 10 per day for 7 1/2 years – without missing a day!

3. They are found on all continents apart from Antarctica

Butterflies prefer warmer weather, and so are not suited to the cold climate of Antarctica.

4. Butterflies use the antennae on their head to feel, hear & smell

They are also used to tell butterflies what time of day it is.

5. They start life as an egg before changing into a caterpillar, then butterfly

A butterfly’s life cycle has 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and butterfly. The process from egg to butterfly takes around a month, depending on the species.

6. The average lifespan of a butterfly is between 3 days & 11 months

It’s something which is also dependent on the species of the butterfly. Being at the bottom of the food chain means that  the butterfly has a lot of predators, unfortunately.

7. Female butterflies are bigger and live longer than males

Whilst male butterflies spend most of their time searching for a female mate, females spend their time finding a place to lay their eggs.

8. Butterflies actually have four wings

Although butterflies look like they have two wings, they actually have four wings in two pairs.

9. Butterflies see colours that humans can’t see

They see colours very differently to us, and unlike humans can make out UV rays from the sun amongst other colours.

10. Some butterflies can fly as fast as 37 miles per hour

The Skipper butterfly can go as fast as a horse, with reaction speeds that are twice as fast as those of a human.


Free Printable PDF

You can download this list of facts as a printable PDF by clicking the image below. Printing it out and sticking it on your wall is a way to continue the learning process for kids outside of the classroom.

Butterfly Facts for Kids

Further Reading

If these butterfly facts for kids have grabbed you or your kids’ interest, why not learn more about them with the My First Discoveries Butterfly book? Suitable for children aged between 4 and 6, it is packed full of beautiful drawings that really bring the story of the butterfly to life.

My First Discoveries Butterfly

Reading non fiction books with your children can get them interested in learning from a young age. The My First Discoveries children’s books cover a wide range of topics, making learning fun through vivid illustrations and interactive elements. You can view the full series by visiting the Moonlight Publishing website.

 

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Whale Facts for Kids | Free Printable PDF

Whale Facts for Kids

Whales are some of the most fascinating animals in the world, though sadly their numbers are in decline in many parts of the world. Now more than ever, it’s important for children to learn about creatures like these so that they can understand what makes them so amazing – and also learn more about their current predicament. This collection of whale facts for kids will help do just that.

We’ve also put all of the facts into a printable PDF. You can stick it  up on the wall to add a colourful bit of artwork to your house, and it doubles up as an educational tool for your kids. You will find the link to download the PDF at the bottom of this page.


1. The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived.

It is a whopping 98ft long and weighs 190 tonnes. That’s roughly the size of three buses!

2. Whales breathe air, just like humans.

To do this they use blowholes on their heads to breathe in air when they reach the surface.

3. A group of whales is called a pod.

These pods can range in size from 2 – 200 whales.

4. Certain species of whales are known to sing to each other.

They do this to communicate, attract new mates and to simply have fun!

5. The bowhead whale can live for up to 200 years.

It is one of the longest-living animals in the world.

6. Fishing for whales is now banned in most countries.

That’s because there are so few of them left, unfortunately.

7. Humpback whales don’t eat for 5-7 months of the year.

Do you think you could go that long without eating!? They do it whilst they are migrating to the Antarctic every year.

8. There are less than 3,000 blue whales on the planet.

Sadly, there used to be around 225,000.

9. Whales can teach, learn, work together and plan things!

They’re one of the most intelligent animals on Earth.


Free PDF

We hope you enjoyed learning some new facts about the incredible animal that is the whale. You can click the image below to download and print your free PDF.

Whale Facts for Kids

Want to learn even more about whales? Then we recommend the My First Discoveries children’s book about whales. It is packed with beautiful illustrations of whales, as well as containing many more interesting facts about them.