Apollo 11 resources for small children

Fang’s final assignment for Kindergarten has come in. He is supposed to teach his class for ten minutes about anything he wants. After finally convincing him that he does not actually know karate or boxing, and that maybe he should pick another subject, he decided he want to tell his class how people went to the moon, and how his Granddaddy helped them.

He and I went over every thing at a real high level, and now I am looking for some visual aids. Surprisingly, the NASA site isn’t very helpful. Would anyone have a suggestion I could check out?

I am looking for pictures of: [ul]
[li]A Saturn V booster.[/li][li]A Command Module[/li][li]A Lunar Module[/li][li]A picture of someone on the moon - Like the famous picture of Buzz Aldrin[/li][li]Something the kids can color in[/ul][/li]
That last one really has me stymied. NASA has a bunch of pictures for coloring, but nothing from Apollo.





There are lots of links when searching the NASA site. You just have to follow the links to new links sometimes. NASA just has so many pictures it’s hard to find anything.

Here are some coloring pages:

Here are a bunch of Apollo 11 photos from NASA , all of them enlargable.

This one is especially good.

Here are some coloring pages of lunar landers and capsules (among space shuttles and other things). Don’t know if they’re specifically from Apollo, but are close in appearance.

The relevant Wikipedia articles have some pretty good pictures, and there’ll only be a handful on each page. Wikipedia policies say if it’s on there, it should be public domain and OK to use.


Those are pretty cool. The lunar landers and the rover are from Apollo (that’s the only program that had those types of vehicles). The space capsule looks like Mercury’s.


Even better than Wikipedia for encyclopedia-quality images is the Wikimedia Commons, which should have everything from the 'pedia pages and often has much more.

How long does he have to prepare?

If he can wait until the end of June, he may be able to show ACTUAL photos of the old Apollo hardware still on the moon!

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled for launch June 17. It will carry a camera powerful enough to image the LM descent stages and rovers that remain on the moon’s surface.

NASA hasn’t made a big deal of this capability, I’m guessing because it will be embarrassing if it doesn’t work. I took the tour at Kennedy Space Center last month and the tour guides, who know just about everything about the goings-on there, knew almost nothing about it.

Not sure how quick they’re going to have images available of that stuff, but your kid might get lucky with the timing.

Wow. A ten minute presentation for a kindergartner? With visual aids? I don’t remember doing anything nearly that complicated till I was in third grade. I’m impressed.

Moving thread from IMHO to General Questions.

Everything produced by NASA is public domain by virtue of NASA being an arm of the government, and there’s such a wealth of NASA material that you would hardly need to use anything else, anyway. So copyright shouldn’t be an issue at all.

The Space Store has things for kids and grown-ups.

Man’s Greatest Adventure poster has Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, including the Lunar Module.

Buzz Aldrin on the moon poster

Apollo 11 Saturn V launch

Astronaut Salutes Flag On Moon Poster with LM and Lunar Rover.

This toy has the Saturn V rocket with Command and Service modules, and the Lunar Module.

ANd here’s a Lunar Adventure Set.

What if he does his presentation in a space suit? :slight_smile:

I like the “Saturn the Giant” photo. It gives a good impression of the scale of the thing.

THis was great. Just what we were looking for.

That’s the photo of Buzz I was looking for.

That’s what I said. I think this may be a bit much for a Kindergartner.

Everything went well on Wednesday. The pictures and some LEGO models we built made excellent visual aids.

Thanks to everyone.

Mind if I ask how Granddaddy helped them go to the moon?

My father was an IBM contractor who programmed the launch sequence computers for the Saturn V.

In Kindergartenese: Granddaddy told the rocket when it was okay to blast off.

NASA used to be the shit back in the early 1970s when I was a kid. If you went to the Johnson Space Center’s visitor’s center, you could get on their list and get 8x10 prints of those pictures.

I have EVERY one of those pictures that jk1245 linked to in 8x10 prints somewhere, including the cool Aldrin one.

(of which I also have a 11x13 photographic print from the original negatives- my grandfather knew a guy who worked at NASA in the late 60s, who knew a guy who made him a set of color photographic prints from the negatives)

If you need Coloring Sheets of the Apollo moom landing (or any other US history event) you need to take a look at the website www.USA-Printables.com
Specifically the Space Race section: http://usa-printables.com/Events/Space/index.htm

They have a lot of different USA history coloring pages that are great!