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Outer Space Theme

I am working on a space theme as we speak =) Here are some of the ideas I
pulled off the web.

*Fluoro Rockets

Paint cylinders black. When dry, flick fluoro paint onto cylinder. Add cone
made from flouro paper, and stuff tail of cylinder with shredded paper. Hang
and enjoy

*Comet Mural

Cover large sheet of paper with dark blue and purple paint. Flick white paint
over background when dry. Paint medium size circles with paint, when nearly
dry drag cardboard through to form comet tail.

*Sun and Moon

Paint one side of paper plate yellow, one side grey. When dry, and yellow and
orange triangles to the yello side around the edge. Use cotton reels dipped
in dark blue to print craters on grey side to represent moon.


Cover cardboard cut outs with aluminium foil and hang. Stick straws into
glitter balls in a variety of different angles.

*Space Mobile

Use a wire coathanger to display the following:

- a moon made fom a paper plate. Paint it silver and then add craters by
printing with a cotton reel dipped in black paint

- a comet made from paper squashed into a ball and covered with alfoil. Place
in centre of two differnt coloured shhets of cellophane. Secure the
cellophane with sticky tape around the ball, leaving a trail of cellophane
for the comet's tail.

- a star made from cardboard. Glue macaroni shapes to the star and paint with
gold spray paint.

- a rocket. Children can design their own using the investigate, design,
produce and appraise approach. (see below)


*Ask children to design a rocket that could take them to the moon, from
boxes, cylinders, toblerone boxes etc. Note- they must include all materials
they need ie glue, tape in their plan. Children follow plan to construct
craft. Photograph. Appraise. Were you able to follow your plan? Why? Why not?


*Identify shapes etc used in construction of space craft.
*Track games that require counting 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-Blast Off!
*Construct 3D models of stars using nets.


*Picture talks about stronauts - their special clothes, jobs etc
*Hold a Star viewing night - great for the parents to join in too!
*Teach 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
*List the names of the different planets - underneath each, list their
characteristics ie Earth - has water and oxygen *Teach 'Hey Diddle Diddle'

*Make UFO's:

2 cups SR Flour
40g butter
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs water
2 tbs custard powder
2 tbs custard powder
1 tbs sugar
extra 3/4 cup milk
12 small strawberries halved
3 tbs apple gel

Grease two shallow 12 cup patty pan tins. Sift flour, add butter. Rub in
butter unti mixture is fine and crumbly. Add sugar, mix. Add water, mix to a
firm dough. Refrigerate dough for 30 mins. Roll out pastry, use 5cm cutter to
cut rounds. press into greased patty pan tins. Bake 15 mins, allow to cool.
Combine custard powder and sugar in small pan, add enough milk to make a
smooth paste. Add remaining milk, stir over low heat until mixture boils and
thickens. When cool, place dollops of custard into each pastry case. Top with
half a strawberry and brush with warmes apple gel.

* Make Martian Rock cakes

2 cups SR Flour
1 tsp mixed spice
90g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sultanas
2 tbs mixed peel
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar extra

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Sift flour and spice into a bowl. Add sugar
and butter. Rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in sultanas and mixed
peel. make well in centre, add combined egg and milk to form a soft dough.
Drop tablespoonsful onto trays, allow room for spreading. Sprinkle lightly
with extra sugar. Bake 10 - 15 mins until golden.

Space is big, dark and cold. There is no air or water in space. Astronauts
explore space in specially designed spacecraft called spaceships. Robots are
also used to explore space. The only place in space that people have been to
is the moon. Some people think that there may be life on other planets.
Planets are in outer space. There are 9 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars,
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The Sun is in space and is a huge
ball of firey gases.
Astronauts are community helpers. Talk about how astronauts get to the moon
and survive their visits. Talk about what they wear, how they breathe in
space, and what they eat. Discuss why astronauts go to the moon. Ask the
children if an astronaut could bring back a crater. Talk about where the
space shuttles take off and where they land. Show pictures of the moon. Talk
about how there aren't any plants, people, or animals on the moon. Ask the
children what people, plants, and animals need that they can't find on the

Moon Day is celebrated on July 20th each year because the first people landed
on the moon on that day in 1 969. The Journey was made in the spaceship
Columbia by three American astronauts**Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, Jr. and
Michael Collins, who served as pilot. Neil Arnnstrong was the first to set
foot on the moon saying, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for
mankind." Then he and Edwin. Aldrin walked on the moon for about two hours,
where they planted an American flag, gathered rock samples and took

There are many faraway objects in space. Some of these are moon, stars, and
planets. We live on a ball-shaped planet called earth. There are eight other
ball-shaped planets. These nine planets move around the sun and, along with
their moons, make up the solar system.
We learn about space by looking at it through instruments such as telescopes
and by sending specially trained people called astronauts into space to find
out more about it. Space is big, cold and dark. There is no air or water in
space. The only body in space that people have actually visited is the Moon.
Some people think there might be life in other parts of space.
Show the children pictures of the sun, a full moon, a crescent moon, and a
Discuss the shapes of each one. Have the children trace a circle, crescent,
and star shape in the sand. Then have the children try to make these shapes
by gluing thick yam on construction paper.

Astronaut in Space Activity...
Have the children dramatize an astronaut flying to the moon. First they
prepare for their journey by putting on their space suits, goggles, helmets,
and space gloves. Then they hook up their oxygen tanks. They prepare for take
off by sitting down and fastening their seat belts. Have the children put
their knees up and grab their ankles. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 -Blast off! The
spaceship has landed on the moon. The children pretend to get out of the ship
to take a moon walk. Gravity's force is weaker on the moon, so it's harder to

Have the children each find a partner to walk with on the moon. Have them
jump, walk, and give each other a moon hug. Ask them what they see on the
moon plants, animals, aliens? Have them eat their lunches from tubes. Then
have them walk back to the spaceship to return to Earth. 1 ~9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
--Blast off. The space ship slows down, as gravity finally pulls the ship in
closer and close to Earth.

Room Arrangement...
Hang rocket ship in one corner of your area, with two chairs inside for the
astronauts and equipment.
Place ground control panels on either side of an easel, with chairs and
equipment available for those
children to use to "communicate" with the rocket.

One Little Astronaut...
Hold onto the end of a long piece of hose or rope. Have one child hold onto
the other end and pretend to explore space while you recite the poem below.
When you finish the first verse, have a second child join the first. Continue
with additional verses until all of the children are holding onto the hose.
One little astronaut floating out from base, Hooked to a hose, exploring
space. He/She thought it was such an amazing trick, He/She called another
astronaut to join her quick.

Moon Walking...
Create a moon landscape for the children by placing pillows all over the
floor. Cover the floor with white or yellow sheets. Attach sponges to the
children's feet with rubber bands for space shoes. Play eerie and dramatic
music as the children walk across the moon landscape.

Floating in space...
Make space suits for the children by wrapping their arms, legs and bodies in
aluminum foil and taping the foil in place with masking tape. Attach sponges
to the children's feet with rubber bands to make space shoes. Play
appropriate music and let the children pretend to float and move around in

Spaceship Trip...
At music and movement time, let the kids wear their helmets, sit in a circle,
and explain that everyone is going on a spaceship trip to other planets.
Countdown, blast off, and pretend to travel through space until you spot a
planet. Announce that this is a "crawling only" planet, and as you begin to
play some music, the kids can crawl around the area until the music stops. At
that time, everyone hops back into the circle to blast off and travel to the
next planet (a hopping only) planet and so on to as many planets as you have
time for before returning to earth.

Trip to the Moon...
Cut square face holes out of the sides of paper bags. Let the children
decorate the bags with crayons to make space helmets. Then have them put on
their helmets and blast off for an imaginary trip to the moon. On the way,
have them float around in their space capsule. When they land on the moon,
have the children leap and float in slow motion, as they pretend to plant a
flag, collect moon rocks and take pictures of their surroundings. Then let
them make the return journey back to earth.

Hot Sun Game...
In this game the children circle around the 'hot sun." Pick one child to be
the sun. The others form a circle with the sun in the center. While the music
plays, the children move in a circle around the hot sun When the music stops,
the child who is standing in front of the sun moves to the center and is the
hot sun for the next round.

Flannel Board Numbers...
You will need cut from felt:
Large blue circle
10 rocket ships, numbered 1-10
Large yellow circle

Pretend the felt board is outer space. Place the moon on the top part and
place the 10 rocket ships around the board. Ask a child to come to the
and find rocket ship number 1, take it off the board , fly it around the
and land it back on the moon. Next have a child find rocket ship number 2
and so on. When all the rockets are on the moon place the Earth on the
"Blast" the rockets off the moon and have them fly (or throw them) to
different children. When all the rockets are with children call out for
rocket number 1 to "fly back to earth". Continue until all the rockets have
landed safely at home!



Little Stars...
(Music, Music, Music)
Twinkle, twinkle, little stars
Friends of Jupiter and Mars.
All you do the whole night through
Is twinkle, twinkle, twinkle,
Rockets keep flying higher
Keep flying further, further every day,
And need the stars to chart their way,
So while you watch the ships go by,
Keep on lighting up the sky,
Keep on shining through the night
And twinkle, twinkle, twinkle.

Four Little Stars...
Four little stars, Winking at me:
One shop off, Then there were three.
Three little stars, With nothing to do:
One shot off, Then there were two.
Tow little stars, Afraid of the sun:
One shot off, Then there was one.
One little star, Not having any fun:
It shot off, Then there were none.

We're Going on a Space Trip...
(We're Going on a Bear Hunt)
After the "mission commander" (teacher) chants a line, the flight crew
(students) repeats it and the
Motions associated with it.
We're gong on a space trip (salute)
Pack your flight bag (put items in a bag and zip it up)
Get on your spacesuit (get dressed)
Let's climb on board (climb steps"
Buckle your safety strap (fasten belt)
Countdown time! 1 0-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 --Lift off!
I see the Moon. (point ahead of you)
Can't go over it (point above you)
Count go under it (point below you)
Have to go around it
Continue the chant with some obstacles in your way. Sun, planet, asteroid,
meteor, comet... Complete
the chant by pantomiming, " Our Mission is completed (clap) Time to turn
back. I see the comet. I see
the meteor."

Astronaut Song...
(If You're Happy and You Know It)
Outer space is where I really like to go,
I ride inside a spaceship, don't you know?
I like to travel near the stars,
Wave to Jupiter and Mars.
Outer space is where I really like to go.

Four Little Stars...
Four little stars
winking at me.
One shot off,
Then there were three!

Three little stars
With nothing to do.
One shot off,
Then there were two!

Two little stars
Afraid of the sun.
One shot off,
Then there was one!

One little star
Alone is no fun.
It shot off,
Then there was none!

Traveling in Space...
I wish I could ride in a spaceship,
It's just what I'd like to do.
I'd travel to Mars and them Neptune--
Would you like to come along too?
(point to other person)

Ring Around the Spaceship...
Ring around the spaceship,
(walk with others in circle)
Try to grab a star
(reach up high)
Stardust, stardust,
(wiggle fingers)
All fail down.
(drop to floor)

A Little Rocket...
I'm a little rocket and I'm glad,
Soon I'll blast off from my pad.
(crouch down near floor)
When I get all fired up, hear me roar,
Up, up, up I go watch me soar.
Jump up and pretend to soar)

There's a Tiny Little Star...
(Little White Duck)
There's a little tiny star
Way up in the sky.
A tiny little star,
Up so very high
She twinkles brightly
Through the night:
The stars are shining bright.
But during the day
She is out of sight.
There's a tiny little star
Way up in the sky.
A tiny little star.

Astronauts Round the Moon...
(The bear went over the mountain)
Astronauts went round the moon,
Astronauts went round the moon,
Astronauts went round the moon,
And what do you think they saw?
They saw____
They saw____
They saw____
And that is what they saw.

We'll Be Orbiting Round The Moon...
(She'll be Coming Round the Mountain)
We'II be orbiting round the moon yes we will.
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we wiIl,
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will,
We'll be orbiting round the moon,
We'll be orbiting round the moon,
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will.
We'll be landing on the moon, yes we will. etc.
We'll be walking on the moon, yes we will,
We'll be blasting off again, yes we will,
We'll be landing back on Earth, yes we will,

Space Song...
(London Bridge)
The planets spin around the sun,
Around the sun, Around the sun.
The planets spin around the sun,
We live on earth!

The sun is found in the middle,
In the middle, In the middle.
The sun is found in the middle,
It keeps us warm!

The stars are twinkling far away,
Far away, far away.
the stars are twinkling far away,
Now make a wish!



Space Helmets...
Materials: Medium sized paper grocery bag, tape, crayons or markers, glue and
scissors. Cut off the top of the bag, so when the bag is on your head it will
just cover your ears. Cut down part way on one end to form a bill on your
forehead. Reinforce it with tape. Draw, color and cut out emblems to glue on
the sides of the space helmet. Ideas would be American Flag, space ship, and
the letters U S A. or cut a square face hole out of one side of a paper bag.
Let the children decorate the bags with crayons or markers to make space
Moon Craters...
Use the bubble wrap that comes in packages and covered it with plaster of
paris. Let dry and peel off. Wouldn't this look like moon craters or such?
Then they let the children paint it.

Shape Robots...
Cut various shapes out of colored paper. Give each child a piece of
construction paper to glue their shapes on to make a robot of some sort.
Allow them to use markers to finish off their robots.

Styrofoam Robots...
Set out Styrofoam packing pieces and toothpicks and paint. Let the children
stick the Styrofoam pieces

Collect cardboard toilet tissue holders and 3 oz. paper cups. The children
can glue or tape the cup onto the top of the tissue holder to create a
rocket. Let the children paint it, or draw on it with felt tip markers. They
may add a door, windows, and ladders.

Stuffed Moons...
Using newsprint cut two patterns out (Fairly Large)stuffed with newpaper and
then painted them. Then hang them around the room.

Glowing Stars...
Have the children cut different sized star shapes out of the white poster
board. Use glow in the dark crayons to color both sides of the stars. Use a
pin to make a small holes in the stars and thread a piece of
clear fishing line through the hole to make a hanger for the stars. Hang
stars from the ceiling. With the rest of the stars.

Outer Space Paintings...
Draw a moon, planets and stars on large pieces of white paper with a white
crayon for each child ahead of time. Have the children paint the paper with a
thin layer of blue or black thinned tempera paint. The children will enjoy
the outer space surprises.

Space Creations...
Give children a large piece of white paper. Demonstrate to the children that
if you trace the shape of a scissors, it will make a rocket ship. Encourage
the children to trace the scissors for a rocket and use bottle caps and
circular jar lids for planets and moons. Have paints available for the
children to paint their very
own space creation.

Moon Craters...
Give of the children a sturdy foam paper plate to work with. Glue on dried
beans & other assorted things to provide texture for the moon surface. When
it dries cover with aluminum foil & tuck the edges over
so it doesn't come unwrapped. Then press down gently. This will reveal
craters and fissures, etc. on the moon's surface. Purchase some toothpick
flags to stick on the moons surface.

Eyedropper Art...
Have children trace different circular shapes for planets and moons on large
piece of paper. Have the children use eyedroppers to drop mixtures of food
coloring and water on their planets. Strong concentrations work best. Marble
painting or watercolors will also give this activity variety.

Galactic Mobiles...
2 1/2 c. Boiling water 2 c. salt 4 c. flour
Add salt to water, then stir into flour. Have the children knead the dough
until it is a good consistency for shaping. Let them roll the dough out and
use cookie cutters to cut out star and circle shapes. Each child should have
a couple of stars and a couple of circles. Don't forget to put a hole at the
top of each shape for hanging. Bake shapes in the oven at 250 degrees for 2
-3 hours, checking frequently after 2 two hours. Paint them another day.

Air Tanks...
Using 2 liter pop bottles- upside down. 2 for each child (which the parents
sent in. ) I duct
taped them together, then made 2 small holes in the bottles, one hole on the
top and one on the bottom, Then I put a piece of rope (not very thick) -
through the holes (make one of the holes large enough to fish the rope out
of) the kids could actually stick their arms through the rope like putting on
a jacket. They were very cute. Then we made helmets by using white paper
cut in a -helmet shape? LOL a rectangle that is rounded at the top. I cut
out a square place for their faces to show through and they put plastic wrap
over the hole and we taped it to the back of the paper. Their faces were
sort of framed within the hole. They decorated their masks with lots of
colors and of
course stars.....and off they went to the moon.
>> Barbara (The cordinator of our pre-school loop)



Items may include: hoses, helmets, moon boots, white clothing for their space
suits, gloves, cereal box jet packs or large cardboard tubes taped together
as air tanks, with thin rope looped through each tank as shoulder straps,
Martian hats, milk jug helmets, NASA Ground Control panel: Large sheet of
paper-draw on controls or use milk jug caps, orange juice caps, etc., old
microphone and earphones. Meteors can be balls of aluminum foil wrapped
around long strips of plastic. Tie foil fringes on to end to play meteor
catch. Large box for a space ship. Remember to make paper mache planets to
hang around the room as well as glittered cardboard stars to hang. Once these
are made, they can be used year after year. Microphones can be made by
covering toilet paper tubes with tinfoil. Also telescopes may be made with
this same method of covering tissue paper holders. Poke small holes in the
end of the foil so the children can see the light when they look at the light
through their telescopes.
Star Puzzles...
Cut out five to ten star shapes out of tag board. Number the top half with
numbers one thru ten and the bottom half with corresponding dots to the
number. Laminate and cut apart have the children match accordingly.

Star Boards...
On a piece of tag board space the numbers one through ten about two inches
apart. Then cut thirty stars out of tag board and laminate. Have the
children match the correct number of stars to the number board.

Sun and Moon Dough Art...
Materials: Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, water, yellow and blue food
coloring, mixing bowl, teaspoons, tablespoons, saucepan, stove.
Activity: Make playdough by combining the following items in a mixing bowl: 2
cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons oil, 4 teaspoons cream of tartar,
2 cups water. Divide this mixture into two bowls. Add four drops of yellow
food coloring for the sun mixture and four drops of blue food coloring for
the moon mixture. The consistency should be runny, so put the mixture in a
saucepan and cook it on a stove or hot plate until it forms a ball. When it's
cool, have the children make a large sun and a large moon. They can make moon
craters with thumb imprints. Then let the playdough harden.

Moon Mud...
In the bottom of a dishpan pour in equal parts of cornstarch and water. Add
food coloring, if desired. Mix the cornstarch and water together to make moon
mud. Let one child at a time put his or her hands

Rock Sorter...
Cut 4 or 5 holes of different sizes in top of a shoe box. Set out assorted
sized rocks.Have the children sort rocks closest to hole size in box.

Rocket Game...
Cut out a rocket shape and the numbers one through six. Using a die have the
children take turns rolling the die and removing the number rolled. Continue
until all the numbers are removed and the rocket can blast off.



Dehydrated Food Snacks...
Peel bananas, slice apples, oranges, or other fruit or vegetables. Put into
dehydrator for the day or overnight depending on the fruit. You may use
ziplock bags or shrink wrap from a meat deli. This is a great science
activity as well as fun for the children to pretend they are astronauts.
Bread, star-shaped cookie cutters, strawberry jam, orange marmalade, grape
jelly Have the children cut the bread into star shapes. You can toast the
bread first. Have the children spread jam on their stars. They can choose
strawberry jam for a cool star, orange maramalade for an average stars, or
grape jelly for the hottest star.

Information on the colors: Tasty Stars: Explain to the children that stars
are buring hot.
Scientists can tell how hot a star is by its color. The coolest starts are
red. Orange,yellow and greenish starts are hotter. White starts are even
hotter, and blue stars are the hottest.
>>Rose (Off the loop)

Rehydrated foods...
Some foods are dehydrated in space by having water added to them at mealtime.
For snack, give children small ziplock bags in which you have put one-eighth
cup instant pudding and one fourth cup mild. Be sure the bags are securely
closed. Have the children gently knead the mixture until the pudding forms.
Snip off a small piece of one of the bottom corners. Encourage the children
to squeeze the pudding into their mouths from the bag. The children will love

Cheese Robots...
At snacktime cut cheese into different sized chunks. Then provide the
children with pretzel sticks and let them put the chunks together to create
"cheese robots."

Astronaut Roll Ups...
4 McIntosh Apples
4 navel oranges
2 tb. butter
Peel, core and slice apples. Peel and seed oranges. Puree fruit in a
blender or food processor. Lightly butter 15" x 10" x 1" pan. Bake at 200
degrees for 3 hours, with the door slightly ajar. Remove when dry, cut into
12 pieces. Place pieces on waxed paper and roll them up.

Vegetable Astronauts...
At snacktime cut vegetables such as celery, cucumbers and zucchini into
different sized chunks. Then
provide the children with toothpicks and let them put the chunks together to
create "vegetable astronauts." (Have the children remove the toothpicks
before eating their snacks.)together with the toothpicks to create robots.

Moon Balls...
Ingredients: 2 C. Peanut butter 1 1/3 C. Honey
2 C. Raisins 2 C. Dry milk
3 1/2 C. Graham cracker crumbs (keep 1/2 c. separate)
Mix dry milk, raisins, and 3 c. graham cracker crumbs
Add honey and peanut butter, mix will (hands do best)
Roll into small balls
Place remaining 1/2 c. of graham cracker crumbs in a large baggie
Place several balls at a time into the baggie and shake, then place on a
Cookie sheet.
Chill then eat