Cultivating a love of books and a love of learning has always been a priority for Chuck and myself. Chuck and I are both avid readers and so are all of our kids. We are both independent and stubborn and love learning. But I know, this isn’t easy for everyone and that is why I enjoy sharing fun learning activities with all of you. And, honestly, I hope someday my beautiful grandsons in New Zealand will benefit from these as well. I hope you enjoy Rover Throws a Party as much as we do!
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Rover Throws a Party
Rover Throws a Party: Inspired by NASA’S Curiosity On MARS
By Kristen L. Gray Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Inspired by NASA’s Curiosity rover, this is the story of a lonely Mars rover’s birthday party. This adorable picture book provides an accessible, kid-friendly look at one of NASA’s coolest programs. It is accompanied by fascinating Mars rover facts that explain the science behind Curiosity, and is a fun opportunity for kids to learn about the Mars mission.
Did you know that NASA programmed the rover, Curiosity, to hum Happy Birthday to celebrate its first year on Mars? Rover Throws a Party is a fun take on the idea of Curiosity wishing itself a happy birthday. If you have a child ages 3-8 who is interested in space, they will love this book. It is a fun way for young kids to learn about the work NASA is doing.
You can see photos of the actual rover over on NASA’s website.
Build a Curiosity Rover out of LEGO Bricks
Hezekiah built this model of the Curiosity Rover so I could share it with you. This is made out of LEGO bricks that we had in our collection.
If you don’t have these exact pieces, feel free to substitute with something similar. When you’re finished, see if you can build a Mars rover of your own! And then make a few itty-bitty robots to keep Rover company!
Rover Throws a Party Printables
Click over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download my FREE Rover Throws a Party Printables. This will help engage your kids in the story and extend their learning.
More Reading About Space
You might recognize Katherine Johnson’s name from Hidden Figures. Inspire your kids to make a difference with this book about Katherine.
What are your favorite books about space?