Disclosure – This is a sponsored post on behalf of Paramount Pictures, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you heard about the new movie Interstellar? It’s about a team of explorers who travel beyond this galaxy to find out if mankind can survive elsewhere since our time on Earth is coming to an end. It’s a story of hope and discovery and it stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin and Ellen Burstyn.
The movie will be available in limited location in 70mm IMAX film, 70mm film and 35mm film on November 5th, and everywhere on November 7th. At least one of my five kiddos is a real space nut so I’m planning to take the whole family and we are excited to see the movie.
It still amazes me that since birth my quadruplets have had such different personalities, even the identical boys. Of course they are all individuals, but they are SO different from each other its incredible. One of the boys is very into everything dealing with space – he got this telescope for Christmas last year after begging for months, he saves up his allowance for books on space and he’s constantly Googling different space topics. While the kids all have widely varying interests, they will often gather around and let Zachary teach them what he knows about the stars and planets. I think it’s fabulous that they do all share an interest in science and that Zachary can teach them things I don’t even know about astronomy.
Zachary often gives himself homework to do and it always seems to be space related. One of his favorite projects was making a solar system from styrofoam balls. He picked out nine different sized styrofoam balls to depict the eight planets and the sun, then painted them different colors, put a “ring” around Saturn and connected them all with wooden dowel rods.
To do this project at home you’ll need three small styrofoam balls for Mars, Mercury and Pluto, five medium balls to represent Earth, Neptune, Saturn, Venus and Uranus, a large ball for Jupiter and one extra-large ball for the sun. Cut a circle of poster board or cardboard about one inch larger in diameter than the Saturn ball, then cut out the center so it will snugly over the styrofoam ball and glue it into place. You can paint the balls any color you would like, of course yellow works best for the sun and blue or blue and green for the Earth. Use wood dowel rods in different lengths to attach the planets to the sun and then glue the sun to a flat round styrofoam piece for display.