Space Theme


Books

Curious George and the Rocket - H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
Elmo's World: Space! - Random House
Mouse on the Moon - Anna Milbourne and Rachel Wells
I Am an Astronaut - Cynthia Benjamin and Sagasti



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.



Arts & Crafts

Stuffed Moons

With newsprint cut out two large half moon crescents. Staple around the edge, leaving room to stuff with tissue paper. Finish stapling the edge and paint! Display them around the room.

Space Necklace

Need: Yellow and White fun foam, Colored tube type pasta, Glow in the dark lacing gimp, scissors, and hole punch.

Directions: Cut out a small star out of white foam, and a small moon out of yellow foam. Give each child 3 stars and two moon, a piece of lacing gimp, and a few pieces of pasta. Have the children lace these on there string. Only put a few on don't fill the whole string. When they are all done let the children wear them and turn out the lights.



In The Kitchen

Space Pudding

1 Box of Instant Pudding (for 2 children)
Milk (according to instructions on pudding box)
Ziploc® bags (1 for each child)
Measuring cups

For a Space Theme, talk to the children about how astronauts need to eat differently when they are in space because of gravity. Pour half a box of pudding into each child's Ziploc bag. Measure enough milk to make half a box of pudding and allow children to add it to their pudding in the bag. Seal the bag (make sure it's really sealed!!) Children can squish the bag around with their hands, mixing the pudding with the milk. When all of the pudding is mixed, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and let the kids suck the pudding out!



Theme Ideas

Creating Craters

After talking about the moon and sharing real photos of the moon let youngsters make craters in the sand table. Smooth the sand out and allow students to drop various objects, such as marbles, ping pong balls, golf balls, etc. into the sand, and then observe the "craters" they make in the sand. Ask students various questions about the craters, such as, "Which one is the deepest, biggest, smallest, etc?"



Links

Space - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Star Crafts - DLTK
Outer Space Section - DLTK
Space Theme - Everything Preschool
Outer Space Theme - First School
Space - Preschool Education



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