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Junk Model Astronaut Helmet – Simple Space Craft for Kids

We love space-themed activities and crafts here on Rainy Day Mum it’s been one of our favourite themes since the kids were little. They’ve been fascinated by all things out of space and out of this world. So this simple junk model craft lets them get creative and then use their imagination to play moon landings and more. So here we go a simple Astronaut Helmet space craft for kids to make and play.

Child wearing a junk model Space Helmet they have made at home and used for imaginative play
Wearing the homemade Space Helmet a fun and simple kids craft to make

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This was such a simple craft to do and needed very few materials to make once the glue was dry though it provided hours of fun heading off into space and to the moon.

Child wearing space helmet they have made with simple materials in the junk model box

We combined it with some of our favourite space books which we read before and after we’d made the helmet to give some ideas of what space may be like for the astronauts that head off into the deepest darkest reaches of space.

Child drawing out the opening for the visor of a junk model space helmet
Drawing out the opening for the space visor to create his own space helmet for play.
simple junk model helmet to make with kids trying it on for size
Trying on the helmet for size
attaching foil to the helmet
Adding the foil to the helmet to create a “realistic” space helmet.
space helmet ready for dials and gadgets to add homemade by the child
Planning the dials and gadgets that the helmet will have.

How to Make a Junk Model Space Helmet with Kids

Watch our video below and then follow the instructions to create your own.

Child wearing space helmet they have made with simple materials in the junk model box

Junk Model Space Helmet Craft for Kids

Cerys Parker
A really simple junk model craft for kids to create their very own Astronaut Helmet – create and play spacemen with this fun craft
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Activity Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Equipment Needed

  • Scissors or Craft Knife
  • Glue spreader or paintbrush
  • Container to hold the glue in

Materials Needed

  • Foil
  • PVA Glue White School Glue e.g. Elmers
  • Coloured Paper
  • Cardboard Box large enough to fit over your child's head



  • On the front of the cardboard box cut a large hole for the visor of the helmet.
  • Tear off strips of foil and fold over the edges so that you remove the sharp edges for your child.

How to make the Space Helmet with Your Child

  • Start by covering one of the sides with glue.
  • Now apply the foil to the glue and press down to secure in place.
  • Repeat on the other 3 solid sides so that only the front is box-like.
  • On the front help your child to glue the foil around the visor space.
    You may want to glue the sharp edges to the inside of the box folded over so that your child doesn't catch themselves when they place the box on their head.
  • Now it's time to add the details. You can let your child's imagination flow what do they think should be on the helmet.
  • Leave for a little while to dry. Then play!
Have you Made This?Let us know how it went!

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Space Themed Activity Mini-Pack for Kids

Space themed activity mini pack for kids from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
Our Virtual Book Club for Kids Mini-Pack with crafts, learning activities, simple snack idea and songs for blasting off to space.

Are you looking for even more space activities to do with your toddlers and preschoolers?

Then check out our Space Themed Mini-Pack from our Virtual Book Club for Kids.

This simple kids craft to create an Astronaut Helmet is one of the activities inside the book that you and the kids can do at home together. Just take a look below at the selection of activities that we have included.

A peek inside the pack contents for the Space Themed Activities Pack for Toddlers and Preschoolers
A peek inside some of the contents of the Space Themed Mini Pack from us over on the Virtual Book Club for Kids.

You can purchase the pack for just $3.99 and download, print and use with your toddlers and preschoolers for a fun space-themed week of activities to do at home with your kids.

Space themed craft for kids to make
Space Helmet for Kids to Make and Play with. Easy and simple kids craft that you can make together

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