It’s the last frontier and kids are fascinated by it. It’s Space! One of those themes that captures the kid’s imagination and lets them take off. Whether they want to be an astronaut or astronomer or just love to lay under the stars and look up focusing on that interest and expanding on it is a great way to encourage learning and exploring the world around them. As it was always a favourite topic of mine and the kids when they were toddlers we’ve put together our favourite Out of this World Space Activities for Toddlers and you to do together.
Space Activities and Crafts for Toddlers
Did you know that there is a World Space Week – it’s in October and from when my kids were very little it’s a week that we have focused on space activities and crafts with them. If you are looking to do something similar whether for World Space week or just at any point then this S is for Space (1 week lesson plan) from Crayon Freckles is a great plan of action to do with the little ones in your life.
If you are anything like us then we always have a pile of cardboard tubes laying around and the cardboard tube rockets are fun to make and then play with.
Of course, cardboard tubes aren’t the only way you can make rockets why not try making these Straw Rockets from Toddler Approved perfect for little ones to make and play with.
Raid that recycle box even more and make bottle rockets to send off into orbit.
Fine motor skills are so important to do with toddlers, but they don’t have to be boring and these Yarn Wrapped Planets from …and Next Comes L could be made bright and colourful to be from a mystery solar system.
There are a couple of ways to make moons with kids our DIY Puffy Paint recipe makes a great 3D moon and this simple 3D Moon Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning is an alternative way to achieve a similar result.
What do you need to look at space – well a Telescope of course and these Make Your Own Telescope from In The Playroom would be great to make together and then use to pretend play being astronomers looking at the night sky.
Learning about Space and with Space
It’s amazing how much fun you can have learning about space and using the theme of space to create learning resources. Now some of these activities may not work for your toddler, they may be too advanced, or too simple because children all develop at different paces and in their own way. However, they are easily adapted and could be saved for later on to do when they reach that point.
This rocket landing game is a fun game for toddlers that can recognise and read letters learn to start to read. Even if they don’t know how to read the letters you can still play it with them, use just one planet and land your rockets on it following the instructions to get them used to hearing the sounds in the words and blending them together.
These printables for Our Solar System Handwriting Practice from 3 Boys and a Dog are a great way for your children to practice letter formations. Use when your children have got the hang of a pencil grip and they will find it easy to trace the letters. As they do you can read it to them at the same time.
If you are looking for a variety of different activities to do with your little ones then this Jump Into Space Learning Pack from 3 Dinosaurs is a great one to download and print out. You will find a tot school version as well as ones for slightly older kids too.
Activity plans for Toddlers
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Fellow Mum Jamie who founded the fantastic Hands-on As We Grow has put together a set of activity plans for Toddlers called Play, and two different versions for Preschoolers – Engage and Learn and they are the perfect way for busy mums to plan their activities. With 5 weeks of activity plans plus 5 extra bonus lists of suitable activities that you can dip into when you need even more this is an ideal resource for you to have at home to help you out and your children learn whilst they play at different ages.
Sensory Space Themed Activities
What does an alien look like to you – with some loose parts and a tub of playdough your children can create their perfect aliens themselves?
If aliens aren’t your thing then you could create your own Outer Space Play-dough with this recipe from I Can Teach My Child. There’s a lot of fun to be had with these simple sensory play materials.
Although this recipe is taste safe we wouldn’t recommend actually eating it, but as long as the black light is kept out of reach this Catch a Glowing Star activity which includes the full recipe from Fun at Home with Kids is a lot of fun to do with kids.
In a galaxy far far away – yeah you know the movies right! Well if you want then you and the kids could make some Galaxy Play-dough with this step by step guide from Mama, Papa, Bubba and use it to recreate some of your favourite space movie moments or just make it look like the night sky.
Sensory bins are great to set up with toddlers and preschoolers as they are something that you can make once and then bring out time and time again and this Space Themed Sensory Tub from One Perfect Day would be great for the space-themed activities with your kids.
Space themed Recipes and Snacks to make with kids
Whilst you are in space mode then these Space Rock Cakes are an ideal treat to make and as recipes go they are so easy to make with toddlers and VERY forgiving or over or under measuring.
Not really a recipe but a fun way to learn and play with food these Marshmallow Constellations from K.C. Edventures would be great to do and then eat.
Space rocks are fun to make and eat but how about something a little nearer to home you and your toddler could make some Moon Rocks to eat and enjoy.
There is something about making the snacks look like different food that easily makes even the fussiest toddler want to give them a try these Fruit Rockets from The Joys of Boys are perfect for you and them to make together and eat.
It’s ever so fun to imagine what it would be like to live in space – and one of the questions that come up is but what do they eat so this How to Make Astronaut Food from Feels Like Home is a great activity and treat for you and the kids to make and do together.
For you to make for your little space explorers
This Outer Space Felt Board from Pink and Green Mama is one for you to make for the kids and believe me it will provide hours and hours of fun and is easy to transport around.
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Imagine the hours of imaginative play that you children could have in this rocket ship tent for kids – perfect for some space themed reading as well.
Use this space themed peg doll set to ignite your child’s imagination as the rocket flies off into outer space.
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