Themed activities for your older toddler or preschooler to explore outer space!
The outer space adventure began when Lucas was three, and became fascinated with planets and rockets! It seems like our space adventures never really ended, and we often revisit this theme with our new preschooler.
For our first foray into outer space, we enjoyed two books, “Roaring Rockets” and “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” (a click will take you to Amazon, where I bought both books. No kickbacks here, though). Both are rhyming and Lucas still enjoys them now (Elias too!), though the latter had some vocabulary that was a bit beyond him at age three.
Outer space themed activity roundup
Finger painted a giant sun, then used bingo stampers to create the planets (Pluto included, darn it!)
Painted a styrofoam model of the solar system, and read the corresponding poem in our book for each (the book does refer to Pluto’s demotion)
Made a rocket out of a paper towel tube (Lucas flew this around for days!)
Used stencils and glue to make outer space tracings with corn meal as our medium (messy but super fun!)
Flew around wearing our astronaut helmet (made by Papa out of aluminum foil)
Traced “constellations” (drew lines to connect star stickers)
Played a space themed recycling game on our tablet
Played with our “space rock” sensory bin (spray painted rock bits purchased at Wal-Mart)
A local outer space field trip
We adentured to the Sacramento area Science and Space Center and enjoyed some hands-on science activities. We posed with a replica of the Mars rover, took a trip in a Space Shuttle, met a talking robot (employees pose as its voice), learned about animals, and made a take home project with space stamps. There is also a planetarium, which we will revisit once the boys are able to sit still and take it all in!
Back when Lucas first became interested in outer space, I couldn’t find a lot of activities online to garner ideas from, so I came up with a lot on my own. Hopefully our exploits have given you some ideas for your adventures in space!