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Space Theme Art
Materials Needed: newspaper, masking tape, paint
The children can create their own planets by crumpling a piece of newspaper into a ball and then taping it. If you have a model of the planets hanging nearby, they can try to create a planet similar to Earth, Mars, etc., but why not create their own and then name it!
When dry, hang from the ceiling!
Materials Needed: Paper towel tubes (1 for each child plus a couple of extra); card stock or other sturdy paper; hot glue gun; paint
In advance, shape the card stock or sturdy paper into triangular tops to fit on top of the paper towel tube as the rocket top. Hot glue them onto each paper towel tube.
In advance, cut 2 slits on the bottom of the paper towel tubes.
In advance, using the extra paper towel tubes (or you can use stock paper), cut a "stand" and place it into the slits. This will make the bottom look like a rocket with a stand and will help the rocket ships to stand up while painting!
Provide each child with a rocket ship and paint and let them decorate away! When complete, hang from your ceiling!
EXTENSION: When dry, the children could paint over them with some watered down glitter glue for pizzazz!
Night Sky Mural
DAY 1: Large mural paper; paint in blue, black, gray
DAY 2: Star stickers, bath scrunchies or round sponges; variety of paint
DAY 1: Have the children paint the sky with blue, black and gray! Let it dry.
DAY 2: Decorate the universe! Use Star stickers. Use sponges to sponge paint planets, moons, stars, the sun!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Tell a Cooperative Story
Materials Needed: Paper, pen!
I LOVE cooperative stories! They are great, and silly and fun! Tell the children that they are going to make up a story about taking a trip to a planet! You will need to prompt a lot of it, but write down everything they say and WHO says it!
I usually start with: Once upon a time....... then add a prompt......Once upon a time, some preschool children took a trip in a rocket ship to another planet. When the rocket ship was in the air.......
You then ask the children "What happened when the rocket ship was in the air?" Ask only one child who has an answer to answer that question. Then prompt the next question.
"When the rocket ship was in the air, a bird flew by..."
Say, "what happened next?" Call on another child.
Continue until all of the children have had a turn.
Write down each answer with the child's name next to it.
Retype the story, putting each child's name in parenthesis after their statement. Print enough copies for each child and one extra for your library!
The next day, read the class copy of the story to the children. You won't have to say each child's name while reading it...trust me...they'll remember!
After the story, have the children decorate a black or dark blue piece of paper with stickers for their individual book covers. You should make one, also! Yours will be for the class copy.
Attach the book covers and send one book home with each student. Place the class copy in your classroom library! They will LOVE seeing their name in print!
Stars in the Sky
Materials Needed: A star cut out that has lots of glitter on one side and is plain on the other side.
Talk to the children about when they see stars...night time, day? Explain that the stars are still there, we just can't see them with all the light from the sun shining during the day.
Follow up with this song!
Sung to the tune of Itsy, Bitsy, Spider
See the shining stars(Hold up shiny side of star facing out)
Up in the big, night sky.
Look at them all twinkling
and blinking way up high!
When the morning comes, (Slowly start turning the star around)
the night turns into day
And the little twinkling stars. (Show plain side of star only.)
All seem to go away!
I look up from Earth and try to see.
The planets looking back at me.
I gaze at bright and distant stars.
And search for Mercury, Venus and Mars.
I squint at the Milky Way, way up high.
And look for Jupiter in the sky.
Where are Saturn, Uranus, Neptune?
They're far away, high like the moon.
A telescope would be the best.
for spotting Pluto and the rest.
But even with my two eyes.
I look for planets in the sky.
EXTENSION: Provide paper towel tubes for the children to use while you recite the poem to them.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Space Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Milky Way...sort of!
Ingredients and Items Needed: blue jello mix; instant vanilla pudding mix; milk; whipped topping; red food coloring; mixing bowl; clear plastic cups to serve into.
Make jello as instructed. Pour into shallow pan and let set in refrigerator.
Make pudding as instructed, tint with 1 drop of red food coloring and let set in refrigerator.
Scoop small layers of jello, pudding and whipped topping into plastic cups. Let children mix to make the milky way!
Ingredients and items needed: blender; 6 ounce can of unsweetened frozen orange juice concentrate, 3/4 cup of milk, 3/4 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 6 ice cubes.
Children should help you put the items in the blender.
Space Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Planet Bean Bag Toss
Materials Needed: Large piece of cardboard; bean bags
In advance, cut holes larger than the bean bags. Paint Blue or black. Paint or attach paper stars around the holes. Let your little ones practice using their tossing and eye-hand coordination skills with this!
Getting Fit Obstacle Course
Astronauts need to be in very good physical health! Help your preschoolers train for NASA by setting up an obstacle course!
Use whatever you have available: Circle mats to hop from one to the other (or precut paper circles taped to the floor), a tunnel to crawl through (chairs with a blanket over them work well!); a balance beam to walk on or hop over!
Space Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Bring Back Our Teacher!
Sung to "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean"
We've been singing this one for years. We have changed the words to go along with so many themes! I must warn you: This song will most likely get stuck in your head for days, so proceed at your own risk! ;)
Miss Cheryl is up in a space ship. Miss Cheryl is far away as can be. Miss Cheryl is in outer space. Oh bring back Miss Cheryl to me!
Bring back, bring back, oh bring back Miss Cheryl to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back, oh bring back Miss Cheryl to me!
Fill in the underlined part with the children's names, with "Mommy", etc. Our children have filled it in with the names of their pets. They've even sung about their snack going to outer space! As always with preschoolers, the possibilities are endless!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Classroom's Space Theme!
Astronaut Training DayThank you Kristi K. for this suggestion!!
End the unit with Astronaut Training Day! The children learn a little about what it is like to walk like an astronaut (on a giant air mattress), eat like an astronaut (food in baggies), sleep standing up in a sleeping bag attached to a wall, and guide their balloon space shuttles through an obstacle course. By the end of this unit, they all want to grow up to become astronauts and discover a new star or planet which they will get to name!!!
Our Classroom Star--a REAL one!
This idea came to me by reading Kristi's Astronaut Training Day activity above! There are many places where you can actually purchase a star and its coordinates! You can find information on the company we used by CLICKING the Cosmic Registry link HERE.
If you choose to do this, order your classroom star in advance so that you have the information and certification prior to the end of your theme!
Space Theme Field Trips
Local Science Museum
Take a trip to a local science or discovery museum.
Space Theme Classroom Visitors
There are many opportunities with a Space theme for visitors to your classroom! Survey parents for opportunities as well as your local community!
Also, invite a parent to visit who is a telescope hobbyist! Perhaps they can bring in their telescope and show the children how it works!
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