A lot of children are fascinated by outer space. Space themed activities can be a fun way to learn about the mysteries above in the sky and incorporate some literacy, numeracy, and fine motor skills. Below are a few ideas to try out with your out space curious preschooler!
Turn your favorite play dough recipe into a space themed dough by adding either dark blue or black food coloring and a sprinkling of glitter. Your preschooler can use space themed items to add to the dough (i.e. glow in dark stars, small beads to represent the planets, or astronaut figures), but keep choking hazards in mind and monitor your child closely. Give your preschooler star shaped or various sizes of round cookie cutters to create stars and planets. Rolling balls of dough is a great fine motor activity. Guide your preschooler in rolling dough into various sized balls to create a solar system.
Supply your preschooler with black or dark blue paper, light colored paint and allow them to create a star painting. If you’re feeling extra creative, help your preschooler cut out circles of paper to represent the different planets. Glue the planets in order on the dark paper and paint accordingly. Your preschooler can add stars by dipping a q-tip or his finger in white or yellow paint and decorating their night sky with stars.
Cut out several small squares of different colors of construction paper, a triangle for the tip of the rocket, and long yellow and red strips for the fire coming from the rocket. Write one letter of your child’s name on each square. Guide your preschooler in arranging and gluing the pieces together to create their name. Add the triangle at the top of the name rocket and strips of paper at the bottom to represent the flames as it takes off. Your preschooler can add fingerprint or q-tip stars with white paint to finish off their artwork.
These activities are sure to pique your preschooler’s interest in outer space and open up new learning experiences. In addition to these activities, plan a visit to your local library and check out some picture books about outer space with your preschooler.
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