For today’s Storybook Summer post we are writing and making up sentences all about Space – this is a great way to practice handwriting and get creative with kids especially if they are reluctant spellers or writers as you provide the children with inspiration and the sentences that they come up with can be out of this world funny. Try this and our Solar System Poetry together especially if your reluctant writer loves anything to do with Space.
My son loves anything to do with space. Today I’m using his love for space to encourage reading and writing with silly space sentences. He enjoyed the activity even more than I thought he would.
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Write Silly Space Sentences
The idea for this activity came from a worksheet my son brought home from first grade. The worksheet had a mixed up sentence and a space for drawing a picture. The goal was to unscramble the sentence and then write it in the correct order. I wanted to make more than one sentence. I saw the Roll a Space Sentence from Royal Baloo and the Writing Sentences: A Roll and Write Activity from This Reading Mama. I essentially combined the ideas and added a drawing component.
My 7 year old helped me create the words for our space sentences. We organized it into 4 categories – who, does what, where, and when. I cut out the words and glued them onto craft sticks.
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Organize the craft sticks or cards into the four categories – who, does what, where, and when.
Choose a craft stick or card from each category. If you randomly choose, your sentences will surely be extra silly. They may not even make sense. We like creating our own silly sentences by choosing one from each category ourselves.
My son liked making this silly sentence rhyme. We drew pictures to go along with our sentences. Aiden’s moon cheese is green.
All of the actions (does what cards) have present tense. The when cards include some past tense options. We talked about how we would change the sentence to be grammatically correct. My son wrote the sentence using the correct verb tense. Instead of saying “the astronaut drives a rover on Mars yesterday afternoon,” we should say “the astronaut drove a rover on Mars yesterday afternoon.”
We took turns making and writing sentences. My son is more likely to do an activity if I do it with him especially if it involves writing.
I added an extra where to this sentence below. I didn’t think “in the greenhouse” quite gave us enough information. I was going to leave off the when, but Aiden insisted I add one.
Writing silly space sentences was definitely a hit in our house. We’ll be trying it again soon.
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Some Space Themed Recommendations
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I don’t know about the kids but I would love this Handmade Rocket Tent it would make an ideal play space, or even a reading corner for kids as they get older. Pile it with cushions and they would have a space to sit and read away from everyone else.
Astronaut Handbook by Megan McCarthy
Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy is a great read for aspiring astronauts. It’s a non-fiction picture book full of facts about what it takes to be an astronaut. The book is also quite hilarious. There’s a diagram of a space toilet and tales of how you must ride in the “vomit comet” during astronaut training. My son was enthralled throughout the entire book.
More Space Activities for Kids
- Learn how to make straw rockets and get our free printable rockets and moon target.
- Learn about the planets in our solar system through this collection of planet activities.
- If your kids love space, you’ll want to check out this collection of space toys and gift ideas for kids.
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