11 Easy Outer Space Crafts for Kids

Outer Space, Space Shuttle, Astronauts and Aliens – Here are 11 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!

Materials

  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Additional construction paper and scraps of various colors
  • Glue Sticks

Directions

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.

space shuttle

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!

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Click here to go to Education.com and Download the Astronaut Paper Doll Printable

 

3. Create a Portal to Outer Space with Paper Plates

Source: http://funfamilycrafts.com/space-ship-porthole/

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

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.articulategallery.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-a-3d-spaceship-paper-craft/ (or click on the image below)

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6. Make a Space Book

 

I think this is the greatest thing.  Full instructions here.

space book

 

7. Make A Space Collage

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

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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

flyingsaucer

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

solar system printable thumbnailThis 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 decoplanet-mobilerate 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!

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Make This 3D Elephant Craft

Make this 3D elephant craft that for a fun decoration, mask, or puppet!  Use this simple origami fortune teller as the frame of the elephant’s face.  If you want to make a larger version, use a larger square of paper when you put together the fortune teller.

3d-elephant craft
Materials:

  • construction paper (colors of your choice)
  • a bottle of glue
  • a stapler
  • a fat crayola marker
  • a pencil
Directions:
  1. Start by making a a fortune teller out of the construction paper.  How to make an origami fortune teller
  2. Staple the top and bottom sections together to create a mouth that only opens in one direction.
  3. Make the elephant’s nose – Glue one side of piece of construction paper around a wide crayola marker.  Leave the other side flat and off the marker.  See the picture on the above right.  This way you will be able to connect it to the elephant’s face.
  4. Hold the paper around the marker until the glue dries. When it’s dry, take the flat side and glue it to the top of the fortune teller.  Hold it down until the glue dries.
  5. Cut out two white triangles for tusks and place a bit of glue on the wide ends of them.  Tuck them into place under the nose piece.
  6. Cut a round piece of construction paper that will fit inside the nose, using the fat marker
    as a measurement guide. Make a couple of tabs on the circle when you cut it out. Bend those tabs, dot them with glue, and carefully place them inside the elephant’s nose so the glue sticks.
  7. Add construction paper triangles inside the mouth as shown in the picture. You kind of have to eye the size of these triangles and it may involve some trial and error. Once you make one triangle that fits well, use it as a template and cut three more of the same shape.
  8. Cut out two large cone shapes to make the elephant’s ears and glue them to the back of the elephant’s head.
  9. Cut two squares and glue behind the ears to fill in the elephant’s face. Round the edges off with scissors.
  10. Cut two circles out of white construction paper to make eyes. Use smaller black construction paper circles as pupils.
  11. Make eyelids using half circles of construction paper.
  12. The eyelashes are made by cutting a small rectangle out of black construction paper and then cutting long, thin strips, like you would if you were making grass. Curl them by rolling them around a pencil. Carefully fold the end and attach to the eyelids with a tiny amount of glue.
  13. To hang your elephant craft to the wall, push a small nail through one of the folds on the back of the fortune teller to create an anchor. Place a loop of string or floss on the nail and attach to the wall with a tack.

 

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Black Cat Craft

Here’s how to make this cool black cat craft wall decoration!

black cat craft

You will need one piece of black construction paper, a half sheet of pink construction paper, some small pieces of scrap construction paper for the eyes and a little bit of white for the whiskers. You will also need a bottle of glue, and a stapler for this craft.

To attach it to the wall you will need a tack, some string or dental floss and a small nail.

Start by making a a fortune teller out of construction paper. Here are some directions for making a fortune teller.

Staple the top and bottom sections together to create a mouth that only opens in one direction.

For the Eyes: When you want to make two shapes of the same size, fold a piece of paper and cut your shape out once. You will then have two identical shapes. You can use this technique to make the eyes and ears for your cat.

For the eyes, fold a small piece of green paper in half and cut out a small circle to make 2 green eyes. Fold a small piece of black paper in half and cut out the shape to make 2 cat’s pupils. (If anyone knows what the shape of a cat’s pupil is called, please let me know!) Glue these onto the eyes and then glue the eyes onto the  face.

For the Ears: Fold a piece of black construction paper in half and cut out a triangle to make two matching ears. Attach the ears by gluing them to the back side of the face. Cut out two smaller pink triangles using the folding technique. Glue these onto the ears.

For the Nose: Cut out a pink triangle and round off the edges.  Then glue it in place.

For the Mouth: Cut out four red triangles that will fit into each section in the mouth. This part can be a little tricky but you can do it! Once you make one triangle that fits you can use it as a template and cut three more in the same shape.

For the Teeth: Cut out small white triangles and tuck them under the red paper in the mouth.  Fold them so they are not sticking straight out.

Whiskers:  You can make whiskers by cutting very thin strips of construction paper.  Glue the ends of the whiskers to the cat’s cheeks.

When you are done with your cat, you can attach some string to the back and hang it on the wall.  To do this, push a small nail through one of the folds on the back of the fortune teller to create an anchor. Place a loop of string or floss on the nail and attach to the wall with a tack.

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Construction Paper Collages

For these pretty construction paper collages you can reuse leftover scrap paper to make a beautiful picture. Cut out and glue shapes onto black construction paper and color the background with crayons or colored pencils.

scrap paper collage

Use black construction paper as a background to make the colors in your collage really stand out.  Crayons and colored pencils will still show up over the black paper and you can also color on lighter paper that you have added to your craft.

flower and rainbow collage image

Big flowers, rainbows, and hearts are a few ideas to get you started, but wil a little imagination, you will be coming up with tons of pretty pictures!

Materials

  • glue bottles
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • sequins
  • hole punchers
  • crayons
  • plastic buttons
  • google eyes
  • other craft materials or scraps

Directions

This craft is pretty self-explanatory and results will vary based on what kid of materials you use.  You will simply use your imagination to create a pretty picture, made out of  whatever materials you have around.  You might want to create an example to show your kids what you will be doing before they start, or you can just give them the materials and let their creative spirits run free!

I had a bunch of extra die cuts lying around so I used them to make the construction paper collage shown in the picture above.I also added some plastic buttons and google eyes to my craft.

If you don’t have die cut shapes then just cut shapes out of scrap paper. You can even use a fun hole punch and sequins to decorate the collage. Check your local art store for more ideas!

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