keep everyone entertained at your Star Party, have a
variety of games that people of all ages can enjoy.
the International Space Station
you know the International Space Station is located
more than 240 miles
above the Earth? The Space Station orbits the Earth
at 17,500 miles per hour!
International Space Station has people living on it
at all times. The average Expedition stays in space
five to six months.
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make your own "Dock the Shuttle to the Space Station"
game, print out a picture
of the International Space Station or paint your
own on a large sheet of paper or poster board.
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or draw a picture
of a Space Shuttle and cut it out. Make several
copies of the image so there are enough Space Shuttles
for everyone playing the game. Have the players write
their names on their shuttles. Use thumbtacks or tape
to "dock" the Space Shuttle.
the Space Station picture on a sturdy wall and make
sure it is low enough for all the players to reach.
Blindfold the player, turn the player around two or
three times and point him or her toward the Space Station
The player should then attempt to "dock" the Space Shuttle
with the International Space Station.
player's Space Shuttle closest to the correct configuration
a large, heavy plastic tablecloth and use the outline
of a paper plate to draw circle patterns in rows on
the tablecloth with a permanent marker. For each row
of circles, draw a planet in the center. Pick a different
planet for each row. Create a spinner and place pictures
of each of the planets on the spinner. Select one person
to operate the spinner for the game and have the other
players take turns putting their right foot on Jupiter,
etc. until there is only one player left who hasn't
fallen down. That person is the winner, the rest fell
into the "black hole."
the Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle launches and lands at Kennedy Space Center
in Florida. Alternative landing sites are located at
Edwards Air Force Base in California and White Sands,
N.M. It takes only 8 ½ minutes for the Space Shuttle
to reach orbital altitude after launch.
Shuttles are Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour.
make your own "Land the Shuttle" game, first make a
paper airplane that is able to "fly." To assemble your
own Space Shuttle cutout, either go
by this pattern or create your own picture.
the picture to a sturdy backing, such as cardboard or
poster board. Cut a hole large enough for your paper
airplane to fly through. To "land," the Shuttle must
fly through the hole.
Did you know that the rings around Saturn
are rocks, dust and ice spinning very fast around the
planet? Other planets have rings too, but they are not
visible from Earth.
Saturn is the second-largest planet in the Solar System.
Nine Earths could line up across Saturn! It is sometimes
called the Jewel of the Solar System.
is a very windy planet. Winds around its equator can
reach up to 1,118 miles per hour! Saturn is the only
planet in our solar system less dense than water --
it is made up of mostly gases.
play "Ring Saturn," put a large beach ball on a
pedestal or box, paint it to resemble Saturn if you
want, and use Hula Hoops tossed from a distance to "ring"
Space Station Dinner
sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying,
"On the Space Station, I like to eat hamburgers." The
next player must repeat, "On the Space Station, I like
to eat hamburgers ..." and add another dish. This continues
all the way around the circle with each player reciting
the dishes in the exact order they have been given and
then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake,
he or she drops out of the circle and the game continues
with the remaining players. The last person left who
can perfectly recite the Space Station dinner menu wins.
are asked to "discover" a new planet. To discover a
planet, first they must blow up a balloon as large as
possible. Then, "to inhabit" this planet with humans,
they use a permanent marker to draw on the balloon as
many little men and women as possible. The player who
has the greatest number of people on the balloon is
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