Space addition is more fun with riddles and breaking codes. Bring out your inner sleuth and practice some addition facts!
My niece is 3 and loves space. All things space. I think it’s genetics, but either way. Her favorite thing in space is Phobos – a moon of Mars. I just read that Phobos is going to explode one day due to orbital pressure, or something like that. And then it will become a ring on Mars. So on the one hand, Mars is going to have a ring! Way to go Mars! On the other hand, how do you tell a 3 year old that her favorite moon is going to explode?
I’m not telling. It’s not set to happen for 20 million years, so I think it’s safe to wait.
We are on day 3 of Space week and it’s getting exciting. My kids have asked to learn about Apollo 11 and 13 (unit study anyone? Yes, coming soon). If you want to stay up to date on all the amazing printables, just sign up for the newsletter! Bonus exclusive freebie every Thursday too!
How to Set Up the Space Addition Code Breaker
These are actually simple to put together. Just print on cardstock (regular paper is a bit too flimsy). You can laminate, but it’s not necessary.
Cut around the edges and cut out the small circle.
Using scissors, or something sharpish, poke a hole in the middle of the big circle and little circle. Poke the brad through and spread the pegs on the bottom. Make sure it’s not so tight that the little circle cannot spin easily.
How to Use the Space Addition Code Breaker
The set comes with 4 space riddles. The answers can be found by using the code breaker! Just solve the addition problem, line up the equation and answers on the code breaker, and find your letters! The riddles are meant to be simple enough for young elementary, especially if they are familiar with space.
Baloo criticized my riddle choices because some of them give away the answers for others. I thought they were fun though!
Make your own codes too!
You can make some more riddles for your kids or have them make their own codes. The code breaker features 12 letters, so you’ll have to be creative.