This week we were painting again so all the kids came in and put on their aprons so that they could get started. They each got to choose their paint color for the space ship and for the alien.
After we painted we played with the magnet pages (A is for Astronaut, M is for Moon, and S is for Spaceship.) I got the pages here: http://www.makinglearningfun.com/ and we used brown and white rocks (moon rocks) to fill in the circles on the pages.
We read "Me and My Place in Space" by Joan Sweeney.
We put the planets on the orbits. (I made the background out of grey felt and then I painted (with puff paints) 3 green ovals for the orbits. I cut the planets out of different colors of felt and put velcro on the back.
After we put all the planets on, we threw "comets" at it like a target. Points went like this: Planet = 20, Orbit = 10, and Outer Space = 5.
For the comets, I got some little plastic balls from the Dollar Tree and I put strips of velcro on them so that they would stick when they hit the felt. The kids loved this game!
Then we rolled a dice to "Build a Rocket"
Here is the finished product. An Alien with a spaceship!
They all turned out so different.
Benjamin drew a happy face on one side and...
a grumpy, mean face on the other side.
If you want to make your own, here are the instructions:
2- two inch terra cotta saucers
1- wooden doll peg
Glue the two pots together (like shown above) with hot glue, allow to cool.
Paint color of your choosing (may need 2 coats).
Paint doll peg (Alien) the color of your choosing.
Paint corks black.
Allow for all painted items to dry.
Glue the 3 corks to the bottom.
Glue the alien to the top.
Decorate with rhinestones.
Other sites with space themed activities: