11 Easy Outer Space Crafts for Kids

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!

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

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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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Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten

With icicles, ice rinks, and snow a bound,  what better time to have a little fun with some ice exploration?

Now that there is snow on the ground, ice is everywhere.  The morning before I teach this lesson, I add ice to the sensory table, including icicles and snow if possible.  This give the kids a chance to explore ice without the food coloring or salt, which we will explore later.

Here are my lesson plans:

Lesson Title: Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten.

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Subject: Science

Objectives: Students will use senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Materials: Book: Mice On Ice by Rebecca Emberley, Trays or plastic containers, ice cubes, colored ice cubes (add food coloring to the water before freezing) or blocks of ice (frozen in plastic bowls the night before) – keep frozen outside, salt, food coloring or water colors.

Note: Have ice in the sensory table as a morning activity

Introduction: First, read the book, Mice on Ice.

Ask, “Have you noticed that everything seems to be covered in ice?  Where did all this ice come from?”

Students discuss where they think the ice came from.

Say, “Today we will be exploring ice, and observing ice melting.”

Show students the bin of colored ice. Engage the class in a discussion about ice, what they notice about ice, what it feels like, where have they seen it, have they ever been ice skating? etc.

colored ice

Source: PowerfulMothering.com

Engagement Activity: During the lesson, students explore how salt makes the ice melt faster and can see the process easily because the ice is colored. Students work at tables exploring the ice blocks, adding the salt to the ice, noting that the ice melts faster when the salt is put on it.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students explore the process of ice melting and make 2 observations about how the ice is melting and what they think is causing the ice to melt.

Resources:

http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/

Colorful Ice and Salt Experiment

Large Motor Connection Activity: Freeze Dance

Another Freeze Dancing Music Video

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