8 Fun Activities for the Space Explorers at Home
Last updated: February 1, 2024, at 2:40 p.m. PT
Originally published: January 8, 2024, at 5:08 p.m. PT
Blast off into the wonders of the universe from the comfort of your living room! Transform your home into a stellar space station with these exciting educational activities that will have your kids reaching for the stars.
1. Do-It-Yourself Rocket Launch
Fuel your child’s imagination by creating a rocket launch in your backyard. All you need are simple materials like empty soda bottles, baking soda, and vinegar. Witness the chemical reaction as your homemade rockets soar into the sky. Don’t forget to count down for an extra touch of space excitement!
2. Alien Masks
Unleash creativity with an alien mask-making session. Gather craft supplies like colored paper, googly eyes, and glue. Let your little space explorers design their own extraterrestrial friends. Encourage storytelling as they delve into the imaginary world of intergalactic creatures.
3. Stargazing Campout
Transform your living room into a stargazing campout. Create a fort using blankets and pillows, and let your little ones lie back and gaze at the stars on the ceiling. Introduce them to basic constellations, sharing stories about the heroes and animals from ancient mythology.
4. Astronaut Training Obstacle Course
Set up an astronaut training obstacle course in your backyard or living room. Use hula hoops as planetary rings to jump through, pillows as moon rocks to balance on, and a "zero-gravity zone" where they must float like astronauts. This activity promotes motor skills and imaginative play.
5. Planetarium Movie Night
Transform your living room into a planetarium for a cozy movie night. Choose space-themed movies or documentaries about the wonders of the universe. Prepare some galactic snacks and encourage questions from your little astronomers during the intermission.
6. Alien Slime
Engage in a fun and gooey project by making alien slime. Mix glue, saline solution, and a touch of food coloring to create a slimy substance inspired by these strange creatures. This hands-on activity is entertaining and a great way to introduce simple science concepts. We love this recipe inspired by the aliens from Toy Story!
7. Space-Themed Storytime
Fuel your child's love for reading with space-themed storytime. Choose books about astronauts, planets, and the mysteries of the cosmos. Encourage them to ask questions and share their thoughts about the vast universe. Be sure to check out some great read-alouds from REAL astronauts at Storytime from Space!
8. Create Your Own Planet
Let creativity soar by having your child create their own planets. Provide craft materials like paper, paint, and glitter. They can name their planets, decide on features, and even come up with stories about the creatures that inhabit their cosmic creations.