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World UFO Day 2021

Friday 2nd July 2021

Looking up at the stars at night, we all wonder what else might be out there, especially children. Their vivid imaginations provide the perfect tool to ponder what UFOs are, where they come from and who might be in them. While there may not be any solid evidence for extra-terrestrial life, there is no harm in asking ‘what ifs’ and getting children’s curiosities bubbling.

Unidentified Flying Objects do not just refer to aliens and spaceships. A child could notice a strange shape in the sky and rather than using the narrow-minded, adult assumption that it’s ‘just a bird’, to them it could be a dinosaur, a fairy, or a flying banana. Children of all ages can get involved with World UFO Day, with their only limitation being their magical imaginations.

Photographer: Florentine Pautet | Source: Unsplash

Here are some fun activities to do with children this July 2nd:

· Playdough Aliens- Playdough is a brilliant resource for countless activities. Children can mould it into whatever design they see fit, and the sensory aspect appeals to many young children. Providing playdough in a variety of different colours and asking children to form their own versions of an alien will result in some bizarre and wonderful creations.

· Find some UFOs- Taking children to an outdoor space and letting them observe their environment is not only great for focus and attention, but also for developing language skills and a deeper understanding of the world. Simply lie down on the ground, looking up at the sky and see what flying objects they can find. Can they find familiar planes, birds and butterflies, or do they see unicorns, dragons and aliens?

· Alien Chatter- Better suited for slightly older children with more solid language skills, make up some alien words. Playing around with phonics, rhythms and rhymes can lead to some inventive new word being made! Try to also translate the new words, what do they mean? Perhaps ‘zimm zomm’ translates to ‘hello’ in our earthly language.

Photographer: Denis Degioanni | Source: Unsplash

· Go to Space- Using some pictures of planets, and maybe a dark sheet with some foil stars, a corner of a room or even a whole classroom can be transformed into space. Using only role play and imagination, take the children on a journey to the moon or some far away exotic planet. Lead them onto the ‘rocket’, count down and blast off into space, allowing them to bring their own narration into the play.

· Counting body parts- A double activity can be carried out here. A number of wacky aliens can be made by the children, by either drawing or colouring pre-drawn templates. Ensure these aliens have a strange amount of body parts, such as eyes, legs and arms, and count how many they have. Multiple ones can be used, being counted individually then extending it to adding all the totals up together, for example, ‘this alien has 6 eyes and this one has 4, how many are there all together?”.

To find out more go to: Official World UFO Day 2021 website