Go into space with NASA

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the moon? Are you curious about our solar system? Want to participate in countless educational and fun space-themed activities and games?  Thanks to our friends at NASA, you can travel into outer space from the comfort of your own living room!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome to show us how your journey into space is going. And thanks to NASA for providing such awesome learning materials!

Tour the moon: Strap on your space boots kids, we’re going to the moon! With NASA’s virtual moon tour website, moon.nasa.gov, you can see a 360 degree view of our moon, anytime you want! You can click around and see pictures and stories from Human and Robot Landing Sites. You can read about all of the humans who have visited the moon. You can learn all about the phase of the moon, real time temperature, and the moon’s core. Everything you could ever want to know about the moon is here for you in an incredible highly interactive tool that’s super fun for martian moms and dads, and their moon children.

Tour the solar system: Far out, dude! When you’re done learning everything about the moon, why not give the rest of the solar system a spin at solarsystem.nasa.gov? This epic website is a real-time, living encyclopedia all about the robotic exploration of the solar system. We’ve got 8 planets (9 if you’re still #TeamPluto) to dig into, plus dward planets, even hypothetical planets, and their moons! Not enough for you? How about learning about asteroids, comets, and meteors – oh my! Looking for something a little bit more interactive? NASA has provided 10+ Things to Do with NASA at Home which includes awesome activities like instructions to build your own rocket, and fun science projects to do.

NASA STEM Engagement Activities: There are countless activities to do on the NASA STEM Engagement page for kids Grade K-4, 5-8, and 9-12! No matter what age or grade, there are an assortment of activities designed to inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers! Wanna solve a space puzzle? Ever tried to build your own edible spacecraft? Want to play some space-themed online games? How about a huge assortment of coloring pages and books? There is no shortage of resources here and they’re all out of this world!

NASA’s Space Place: We’re going to the Space Place! Get ready to explore Earth and space through this awesome kid friendly portal! Fun facts, games, crafts, activities, videos, and a ton more. This site has been kicking since 1998 and has been designed to educate and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids about our world, and beyond! It has material in both English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers!

 

2020-04-11T16:16:20-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , , , |

Color Your Own Traditional Japanese Masks By Amy

It’s time for something educational AND fun! Thanks to Amy Konecny of Unique Creations by Amy, you can print out your very own traditional Japanese mask to color. These beautiful masks show off people and creatures from Japanese mythology. Amy explains what the meaning of these masks are as well as what they were traditionally made from. Thanks Amy!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome and Amy to show off how you decided to decorate these beautiful masks. Tag Amy to say “Thanks!” Facebook: Unique Creations By Amy | Instagram: @uniquecreationsbyamy

About Traditional Japanese Masks: Traditional Japanese masks are made from many materials clay, wood, leather, cloth, paper, or metal. Today they are mostly decorative and you can buy them at shrine festivals and events in Japan or on the internet here. Most of these mask are people or creatures are from Myth, Ancient Dances or Noh Theater, or the masks Samurai wore. The masks used in this series are all Yokai or Monster masks.

Kitsune: One of the most popular Japanese masks are the Kitsune or Fox masks. Kitsune can be both good and bad. Some are guardian spirits that protect Temples/God/or special people. Some are Yokai or Monsters like the 9 tailed-fox which is usually a trickster spirit. Weather they are good or bad sprite foxes can cast magic and are know for “Fox Fire” blue magical flames that can do more than just burn things. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Kitsune, a temple Guardian and a 9 tailed fox, fox fire and of course a Kitsune mask. A tip for remembering how to spell Kitsune: Kit-Sun-E

Oni: Oni are another type of Japanese Yokai or Monster they are much like our Ogres or Trolls and are always the bad-guy. They are typically portrayed as hulking figures with one or more horns growing out of their heads and carry a large spiked Iron club. If they ware shoes they will always be traditional Japanese sandals, but often times are barefoot or just have foot wraps (cloth warped around the foot). Oni are often found in Mountains, Caves, or abandoned places. Holly is used to protect you from them. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Oni, a Mountain in the background, Spiked club, some Holly to protect you from the Oni, a traditional sandal, and of course an Oni Mask.

Namahage: Once a year, during koshōgatsu—the first full moon of the New Year—the Namahage descend from the mountains to scare villagers. They go from door to and brandish their knives, saying things like, “Any bad kids here?” They particularly enjoy scaring small children and new brides. Despite their ferocious appearance and behavior, they are actually well-meaning yōkai. They are sent down from the mountain as messengers of the gods to warn and chastise those who have been lazy or wicked. Today, the namahage play a major part in New Year’s festivities in Akita Prefecture (old Dewa Province). Villagers dress up in straw raincoats and leggings, don oni masks, and wield large knives. They go from house to house and play the part of namahage.

Tengu, Sky Dog: The tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but later had an unnaturally long nose, which today is widely considered the tengu’s defining characteristic in the popular imagination

2020-04-05T12:47:06-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , |