On July 20, 2019, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and man’s historic first walk on its surface. Whether you watched it live or were born well after, it’s an event worth celebrating. We’re a family that loves astronomy so we’re excited to learn more about this historic event. (You can see our favorite tools for star lovers here, including the telescope we use.)
I created an Apollo 11 Moon Landing Printable Packet that you can see below. I’ve also assembled a collection of activities to help you easily celebrate with your kids. In this post, you’ll find the printable pack, books, videos, toys, and commemorative items. Everything is here to help you assemble a fun celebration of this momentous event.
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Printables and Activities
This Apollo 11 Moon Landing Pack makes it easy to spend some time learning with your children about Apollo 11. There are 24 printable pages for 12 activities. They include a number of skills such as ABC order, compare and contrast, unscrambling sentences, creative writing, a word search, and much more.
When paired with some of the videos below and a few books, you have a complete mini unit for marking this amazing scientific feat! Click the preview images below to see a sampling of what is included in the pack.
Apollo 11 Videos for Kids
I’ve reviewed several videos to find the ones that would work best with children. These are of varying length and subject matter so you can use the ones that fit best with your child’s age and interest level.
(Some of them mention various ages of the Earth and other related topics so if you are particular about that, you may want to review them first.)
People Watching the Apollo Launch and Landing
In today’s society, it’s hard for children and young adults to fully fathom what an important event this was for America. As some sources explain, over 400,000 Americans worked to accomplish this feat. This short video gives a bit of a glimpse of not only Americans, but people around the world watching.
NASA Highlights from Apollo 11
This was released by NASA and includes various highlights of the experience. There is a good segment at the end that shows their quarantine when they returned.
The Story of Apollo 11 and the First Man on the Moon
This is specifically for kids.
Official Restored NASA Apollo 11 Moonwalk and EVA Mission Video
This is the video released by NASA of the restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk including the Original NASA EVA Mission Video
CBS Coverage of Moon Landing
This video shows what people would have seen on CBS during the actual landing and moon walk.
Apollo 11 Books for Kids
Most kids find space fascinating. Here are some books to add to your family library.
Creative Play as Astronauts
Creative play is one of the best ways for children to learn. These fun dress up clothes and more can be a great addition to your unit, especially if you have highly creative learners who learn best through play.
These books would be great for the budding engineers in your home. I think we’ll get the gold one because David and Caroline would absolutely love it.
Amazing Apollo 11 and Saturn V LEGO Kits
These are for serious LEGO builders and would be an amazing family project!
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Books and DVD
Special books for the 50th anniversary celebration.
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative T-Shirts
These are fun shirts to celebrate an historic event with your space loving kids!