Find games and activities for a variety of age groups. The easy ones are at the top and the challenge increases as you go down.


Popsicle icon Edible - Involves food Runner icon Active - Involves movement
Information icon Informative - About Dawn & Vesta Leaf icon Calm - Stationary

Activity Description Edible Active Informative Calm

Asteroid Mystery Boxes

Learn about the nature of asteroids with your hands using a box and rocks.     Information icon Leaf icon

Grape or Raisin?

Use grapes and raisins to model and compare Vesta and Ceres. Popsicle icon   Information icon  

Modeling Vesta in 3-D

Use modeling clay to translate images of Vesta into a 3-D model.     Information icon Leaf icon

Vesta Flipbook

Make an animated book to watch Vesta spin.     Information icon Leaf icon

Edible Rocks

Use candy bars to help understand meteorites. Popsicle icon   Information icon  

Food Differentiation

Use a variety of foods to model the separation of light and heavy materials within a planetary body. Popsicle icon   Information icon  

Activity Description Edible Active Informative Calm

In Search of a Missing Planet

Use star charts to search for the missing planet amongst the constellations.     Information icon Leaf icon

Patterns in the Sky

Learn about the gap in our solar system that helped discover Ceres.   Runner icon Information icon  

Active Accretion

Play tag to model the accretion (clumping) of specks of matter in our early solar system into asteroids.   Runner icon Information icon  

Activity Description Edible Active Informative Calm
Dawn Relay Race

Divide into teams and race in the pathway of the Dawn spacecraft.   Runner icon Information icon  
Asteroid Belt T-Shirt

Make your own t-shirt to display the asteroid belt.       Leaf icon

Asteroid Belt Pizza

Decorate a pizza to look like the inner solar system – including the asteroid belt. Popsicle icon   Information icon  
Searching for Meteorites
Use balloons and small pebbles to model the distribution of materials after meteorite impacts.   Runner icon Information icon  
Build a Model of the Dawn Spacecraft Print and build a paper model of the Dawn spacecraft.     Information icon Leaf icon
This Fiesta Celebrates Dawn Song A song by Donna Stearns celebrating the arrival of the spacecraft Dawn at Vesta.       Leaf icon

Activity Description Edible Active Informative Calm
Vesta Piñata

Find out what's inside a paper-mache Vesta Piñata. Popsicle icon Runner icon    
Asteroid Memory Game Test your memory skills by matching as many asteroids as you can remember.     Information icon  
Race to the Asteroid Belt Play this board game to find out who will get to Vesta and Ceres first.     Information icon Leaf icon
Asteroid Belt Marble Game Move all of your marbles into the inner circle.   Runner icon    
Kids Activity Pages Get to know the Dawn mission by downloading fun activity pages.     Information icon Leaf icon