Outer Space, Space Shuttle, Astronauts and Aliens – Here are 9 Easy Space Crafts for Kids!
1. Make a Paper Space Shuttle Craft
For this space shuttle craft, you can make your own space shuttle or rocket ship and a fun outer space scene by using construction paper!
- Black and yellow construction paper
- Additional construction paper and scraps of various colors
- Glue Sticks
1. Assemble the space ship, using various shapes of construction paper.
2. Decorate the background by cutting out planets and stars and gluing them onto the black construction paper (space stickers would also work well for this part.)
3. Glue the space ship onto the background.
Note: You can prepare different shapes ahead of time that kids can use to “build” their space shuttle.
Add space stickers for a fun twist!
2. Color and Decorate this Astronaut Paper Doll
Use the printable below to make your own astronaut paper dolls! It’s the perfect activity to try during the community helpers unit!
3. Create a Portal to Outer Space with Paper Plates
I couldn’t find directions for this cute craft but it looks like it was made by using two paper plates, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and aluminum foil. Here is how I would make this craft:
Materials: 2 paper plates, black glitter paper, green card stock, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, stapler, scissors, and glue
Directions: Cut out the center of one of the paper plates for an opening. Cut a circle, the same size as the paper plate, out of sparkly black glitter paper and glue it onto the back paper plate. Cut out and glue circles for planets onto this background. Create a ring around the planet by bending a pipe cleaner and gluing in place.
Fold aluminum foil around the front paper plate and into the circular opening that you cut out. Glue the aluminum foil into place. Use green card stock and pipe cleaners to create a little green alien and attach it to the front paper plate for a neat 3D effect. Staple the front and back plates together and attach some string to the back so you can hang up this cute craft on the wall!
4. Make an Alien Head Band
What a fun dress up/ dramatic play idea. I love the pipe cleaners and big googly eyes! I’ve made similar alien headbands, by simply using construction paper for the headband and tentacles (that’s what I call the long things the eyes are connected to)
This idea uses a few more materials but I really like the look of the finished product!
For detailed instructions, click here: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/02/alien-dress-up.html
5. Make this Spaceship and Moon Craft by ArticulateGallery.co.uk.
Here are the instructions – http://www.
6. Make a Space Book
I think this is the greatest thing. Full instructions here.
7. Make A Space Collage
Draw circles on a piece of paper and have kids paint them. Cut them out.
Use a toothbrush to flick some paint on a piece of black construction paper.
Glue the painted circles on and you have a cool space collage!
8. Play with Homemade Galaxy-Doh
I love the colors in this play-doh! Combine the ingredients to make the base, then let kids add glitter, stars, and marbles to create their own galaxy! Recipe and full instuctions here on FairyDustTeaching.com
9. Make a Paper Plate Flying Saucer
This page on CraftsByAmanda.com will show you how to put together a cool paper plate flying saucer craft. In her instructions she uses a hot glue gun, but I would let the kids use a bottle of white Elmer’s glue to paste the craft jewels on.
10. Create A Solar System Mobile
This free solar system printable of the planets and sun in our solar system makes for a great solar system mobile. You can download a PDF of the solar system image by clicking here or on the image on the right.
Punch holes on the edge of a paper plate where you want to attach the planets. I put holes on the outer edge for the planets, and have the sun hanging from the middle. You can also forgo the hole punching altogether, and just tape the pieces onto the paper plate.
Have your kids decorate the paper plate with their name and stars or even black paint if you want.
When they are done decorating, put the plate aside and let them color and cut out the planets. You can set each student’s planet cut outs on the plate they decorated. This is a good way to store them if you are making a whole bunch, especially with younger kids because most of them will need help attaching the planets.
Connect a piece of string to the back of each planet cutout with tape and tie or tape to each plate.
You can tape the mobile directly on the ceiling or you can poke 2 holes in the middle of the plate with scissors and tie on a string so you are able to hang up the mobile.
11. Outer Space Coloring Pages
Just print and color for another easy space craft! Here are a few space-themed coloring pages from around the web!
Outer Space Crafts on Pinterest
Check out my Outer Space Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for even more Space-Themed activities!
Have a space craft you want to share? Email me or leave a link in the comments section below and I can add it to the list!