We’ve written before about our obsession with postcards and we are even doing a series about it to get to know more about other places around the world. We’ve also written about Tristan’s love of space and astronauts, and now SpaceMail Pal is bridging his two loves!
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With the solar eclipse happening this month, it’s the perfect time to get children excited about the wonders of space and continue on with them into the future. So the timing couldn’t have been better when SpaceMail Pal contacted us to see if we were interested in trying out their subscription service.
My children have enjoyed receiving postcards from Neil, who travels around space and send cards to them each week. On the face of the postcard is a picture of the location where Neil is and on the reverse is a message from him.
Neil has a humourous side which my children love – they laugh out loudly each time the card is read. Our most recent card is from a black hole (Neil has written us a post about black holes; read it here). Here’s a little quote so you can see his humour:
Similar to searching for a lost sneaker in the back of a dark closet, you won’t be able to see these invisible holes without special tools.
Neil always signs off in a fun way, too. On this occasion it was “Have a stellar day”!
Each SpaceMail Pal card also comes with an extra “Did you know” box with additional information about his location to leave kids with a bit of interesting data they an share with others.
These cards work fine as stand alone fun through the post, but if you add them into your continuing education plan with the kids they will be worth so much more! Kallista has found a solar system punch-out display in a science it that she now wants to put together. The kids can look up Neil’s location in the encyclopedia, library books, or online to learn more, too!
With us, timings are so coincidental. This year the library’s Summer Reading Challenge is themed around Space and a dear librarian who has moved to another town very kindly let us know there was going to be a space dome in her new location last week so we made it a day to take the train out and spend the day there so the children could learn more about their galaxy.
If you’d like to learn more about black holes, Neil from SpaceMail Pal has written a guest post for us, which you can see here!
How does SpaceMail Pal work?
The postcards are geared towards children between the ages of 4-11, but could be fun for others; you know your children best. Postcards are shipped out on Fridays and postage is free within the USA.
There are 3 subscription options:
Space Trainee: Receive 1 postcard each month.
Space Cadet: Receive a postcard every other week.
Space Explorer: Receive a postcard every week.
SpaceMail Pal would be great for:
- The holidays to keep young brains interested in learning
- During the school year to give excitement to children during their long weeks
- During the dark winter days
- And of course, it also makes a great gift, too!
So go where the solar winds take you! And send us a postcard when you get there!