To infinity...and beyond!
Space. It is, quite literally, anything and everything. And yet, it's one of the most challenging aspects of science to teach to students. After all, it's not as though you can take your students on a quick trip to space to explore! But things don't have to be so impossible. Instead of trying to take your students out to space, why not bring space into the classroom to your students? Here is a list of the top 25 space activities to get your kids learning about everything "out there." Intergalactic travel, here we come!
1. DIY Astronaut Attire
Off to the astronaut training center we go! This hands-on learning activity makes for the perfect astronomy lesson. A cool idea is to use shimmering colors for a truly out-of-this-world experience.
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2. Space Suncatcher
Want to be a rocket scientist and study the sun? Do it from the comfort of your own home! This suncatcher is a great way to make beautiful planet art and a perfect addition to any portfolio of space-themed activities.
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3. Grow some space seeds
Kindle your student's desire for knowledge of space exploration by growing some seeds on a space lander. This activity is approved by NASA and loved by kids, making it perfect for any space unit.
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4. Edible moon cycle cookies
These cookies are a hands-on activity, while also beautiful - true goodness in a bite. You can bake stars to light the night sky. Make all the outer space items you want; the more, the better, for your meal in space.
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5. A Yummy Solar System
Have come space fun by making a huge rocket and a magnetic spaceman. We recommend sending robots to space by replacing them with astronauts. Kids will also love making this rocket to space.
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6. Moon Phases Tumbler
Tumblers make the perfect space activity! Students will love this hands-on activity which you can use in a game to see which team can make the moon phases the fastest!
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7. Make moon craters with these exploding moon rocks
This is another fun activity for those little ones who want to explore space travel. Using the moon rocks, you can show how craters are created on the moon. It's perfect for some space-themed fun!
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8. Gross Motor Moon Phases
This activity always results in a room full of active children. Students make four moon phases, and they need to identify the correct phase and jump on it. See who can identify the phases the fastest!
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9. Constellation matching game
Not only will your students be able to create their solar system from twigs and rocks, but they will make them using what they see in the night sky. Students love mirroring constellations seen at home or in the classroom.
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10. Design a Moon Rover
Get your students' creative juices flowing with this fantastic moon craft activity. There is a list of different criteria they'll need to follow when constructing their simple moon craft. They will only need some Lego and plenty of imagination!
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11. Fizzy Moon Rocks
There's no place like space, and the kiddos love it because it is fascinating. Ask your students to think creatively and write about how rocks from the moon will look, feel, sound, and smell. Then, make your own fizzy moon rocks!
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12. Moon Sand
There's no place like space, and the kiddos love it because it is fascinating. Ask your students to think creatively ad write about how rocks from the moon will look, feel, and smell. Then, make your own fizzy moon rocks!
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13. Constellation Jar Lamp
This activity is excellent for learning about objects in space. You can look at a constellation and try to replicate it in your lamp. This fun space activity is a great way to learn the design process.
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14. Space Shuttle Craft
Houston, we have a great activity here! This excellent activity requires just some cardboard scissors, hot glue, and paint. Your students will love making their own craft destined for their stars, and they can even use it when playing with their toys.
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15. Yarn Wrapped Planets
Your students will create their version of the planets that they can use to decorate their rooms using some pieces of yarn and cardboard. Be sure to teach them about the distance of space objects while doing so.
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16. Geoboards Constellations
This hands-on constellation activity does require you to buy some geoboards, but these are such a valuable tool for the classroom that you'll find yourself using them in various ways.
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17. Outer Space Pattern Blocks
No matter the age, students love learning about space. Teach math skills when talking about science as these pattern block mats are perfect for teaching geometry. It's a simple activity with minimal setup.
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18. Space themed non-standard measuring units activity
A measurement activity that is relatively quick and simple, but it is a fantastic way to get your students to think about the different ways that people can measure things. For example, how many suns long is my foot?
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19. Spaceship Alien Craft Storytime
These printables have a bit of moon and a few of your favorite planets, and you can use them for various educational scenarios. As a kid, who did not love a good cootie catcher?
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20. DIY Moon Phase Lamp
This moon phase craft is great for hands-on learning. Make them the size of your palm for a handful of the moon in your room. Not to mention, the kids can use them as a night light.
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21. Space Ship Storytime
Should they choose to accept it, your students' mission is to create aliens and space ships and tell a story using their puppets. We recommend using pompoms for asteroids and pictures of planets.
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22. Hands-on mission Scientist
Take your students on a trip to the mars with this brilliant activity. They'll learn about the surface of Mars and its size compared to earth. Kinesthetic learners will like all of the new feelings they experience.
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23. Spinning solar system
A pinwheel galaxy is perfect for teaching the orbit of the sun. Students will be able to make their solar system move as they please. How long would a day be in their solar system?
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24. Lego Space Challenge
Looking for something a little more simplistic and easy to set up? Try these printable space challenge cards, courtesy of Lego, that will get your students familiar with some key space terminology.
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25. Galaxy Jar DIY
With this activity, your students will be able to hold a beautiful galaxy in their hands! It can also function as a "calm-down jar" or as a tool for sensory development.
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These awesome space activities will help you bring all of the magic of the universe to your classroom. Learning about space needs never to be boring again!