One Giant leap! - Hellion Toys

One Giant leap!

One Giant leap!

On the 20th of July every year National Moon Day marks the historic lunar landing and celebrates the astounding decade of research, design and technological developments made by staff (and contractors!) for NASA's Apollo missions.

It all began in 1961 after the then President John F. Kennedy told congress “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” 

At this time the USA was deep in a space race with the Soviet Union to achieve superior spaceflight capabilities. It was a race that spanned the entire decade and resulted in huge technological advances. One such example was the flight of Apollo 11, where Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong travelled to and landed on the lunar surface. 

There are some incredible resources to look into for this historic day, including the documentary film Apollo 11 (2019) which is constructed from archival footage. There is also a podcast called 13 minutes to the moon by the BBC World service that tracks the entire decade in fascinating detail. 

Think too about how the boundless expanse that is space can influence and inspire the way in which our children play and learn. It offers the ultimate invitation for a child's imagination to run wild as well as giving the opportunity for education, fun and adventure. 

Nightime star gazing, learning about our solar system, contemplating other lifeforms, observing the moon phases; space can inspire how our little ones play in so many ways. 

So this National Moon Day delve into some of the great children's books and your Hellion toy stash and see where the adventure takes you. After all, you just need a pair of wellies, an old box and a colander to get started...

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