Space Preschool Crafts and Space Preschool Activities. Have you ever looked at the night sky and wondered, "What else is out there?" Space exploration is a natural extension of human curiousity. People want to know what is outside their world. The Universe is everything that exists. The Earth is part of the Universe. So are the Sun, the Moon, and all the planets. Your children will have an opportunity to satisfy some of their curiousity as they learn and explore about space travel, astronauts, planets, stars, the Moon, the Sun, and our Solar System with our space crafts, activities, felt stories, rhymes, songs, games, and printables. Samples of our more than 60 Space crafts, activities, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:
Free Space Crafts, Astronaut Crafts, Activities, and Printables
Model Clay Planets
Mix two colors of model clay together. Stop mixing when you get a marbled look. For texture, poke and shape the surface with a craft stick, plastic fork, or pencil.
Star or Planet Suncatcher
Form a pipe cleaner into a star or planet. Press it flat on a piece of parchment paper or plastic. Pour some white glue into a paper cup and add a few drops of paint. Mix with a craft stick. Pour the mixture into the form and sprinkle some glitter on it. Let it dry clear at least 24 hours. Gently pull the form from the paper or plastic and attach a ribbon or yarn to make a hanger.
Place star stickers on a piece of black paper. Have children connect the stars with a white crayon to make their own constellation. What does it look like. Give your constellation a name.
Astronaut Finger Rhyme
Four Little Astronauts
Four little astronauts winking at me,
(Hold up fingers as rhyme indicates.)
One blasts off, now there are three.
Three little astronauts with nothing to do,
One blasts off, now there are two.
Two little astronauts afraid of the Sun,
One blasts off, now there is one.
One little astronaut alone is no fun,
He blasts off, now there are none.
There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Astronauts travel to space to collect information for scientist to study. Astronauts sometimes also have to fix spacecrafts once there are in space. Living in space is very different from living on Earth. Here on Earth we are surrounded by air, but there is no air in space, that’s why astronauts need to wear spacesuits and helmets. Also in space nothing has weight and you need to wear a spacesuit to go outside the spaceship.(Craft: Astronaut Helmet)
Spacesuits are very bulky and very thick. They protect the astronaut from the Sun’s heat and the cold. The spacesuit has a backpack that contains air to breathe. The helmet has a dark visor to shield the astronaut from the Sun’s glare. The space shoes are heavy help to the astronaut to walk on the moon. (Make our sponge space shoes.)
Living in SpaceAstronauts sleep in sleeping bags that hold them down, so that they do not float away while they're sleeping. Eating and drinking is tricky in space. You can’t drink from a cup because liquid won’t stay and will float around. Astronauts drink through a straw from a plastic pack, and space food is sticky so it sticks to the plates. (Snack idea: Make some space drinks using plastic bags and drinking straws.)
Satellites are spacecrafts that we have sent to space to collect information from a planet and radio them back to Earth. We also use satellites to beam information and TV programs around the world.
We use rockets to carry astronauts and things into space. Rockets are the only engines that can give enough power and speed to get the spacecraft into space. The fuel burning in the engine rushes out of the nozzle and pushes the rocket forward. Just like if you blow a wrapper from a straw. (See our straw rocket activity to explain and experience the science behind it.)
The Space Shuttle
The space shuttle can lift off into space just like a rocket and then come back to Earth like a huge glider. When the shuttle returns to Earth through the atmosphere, it gets very hot. Special tiles protect the spaceship from the heat so that it doesn’t burn up and can be used again for the next space flight. (Craft: Make a shuttle glider.)