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Space Unit Study: Make Your Own Rockets!

Make Your Own RocketThis is officially our last week of Mother Goose Time’s theme: “Blast Off to Space”. To say we loved this theme would be a gross understatement. We wrote stories about space, we sang songs, danced, learned new rhymes. We explored the planets and wondered about what it would be like. It was a magical month in our home school and we are very sad to be packing it up this weekend. Although seeing that big yellow box sitting in the corner full of our “Ocean Commotion” theme has us eager to start another great month!

We are going to share two of the amazing crafts and activities we did with Mother Goose Time this week so that you can blast off to space with your littles too!

Make Your Own Rockets

Really all you need for this craft is:

  • paper (cardstock is the best)
  • yarn
  • red streamers
  • a popsicle stick
  • Glue/scissors/tape/markers

I pretty much let the kids have total freedom of expression on this one. They cut and glued and designed their rockets, they planned out how they would look and where everything would go. One of my favorite things to do is walk away and tell them to call me in when it is done (it is really hard for me to not help when I am there). When I come back in I am always amazed at what they came up with and they are so proud of their creations! (Plus I get a few minutes to myself, so it’s pretty much win-win).

Making homemade rockets

When they were done, we decided to have some fun with it and got ready to blast off. Although this was all fun and games for the older two, the younger ones had a bit of trouble counting backwards and it was a great math activity for them. Simple, fun, and very effective! We did it a number of times and zoomed all around the room visiting the planets we had taped on the walls and even interacting with the U.F.O’s we made a few weeks back!

Take a look at the cuteness!

 

Make Your Own Astronaut Puppet

One of our favorite crafts this week was making our own astronaut puppets. The best part was the kids put their own pictures in the helmets! This craft was super easy and fun, you don’t want to miss out on this great activity!

What you need:

  • a paper bag
  • a small paper plate
  • yellow contact paper
  • a picture of your child
  • glue and markers

The kids can design their astronaut suits (the paper bag) however they would like. Coloring buttons and hoses and antennas, etc. Cut a hole in the middle of the plate and put the contact paper on the back with the picture showing through. Glue those down onto the top and “interview” your little astronauts. Ask them the places they have been, what they have explored, whether they have encountered any alien races, etc. This is a great chance to explore their imaginations and do some role playing. My kids LOVED being interviewed and I loved hearing the outrageous stories they came up with!

If you are doing a space unit study, I’d love to hear the fun projects you do and the adventures you go on! What is your favorite space activity?

Comments

  1. Cute! I like the idea of interviewing your astronauts. We’re doing space right now, too, but my boys are 10 and 13, so their needs are a little different. You’ve just inspired me with a creative writing assignment!

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