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Young astronauts, get your rockets and space ships ready to blast off into pretend play imagination land! Lucky for me, I got to play astronaut in Leann Ausec’s playful ECE room at Aspen Academy where I took these photos. So, what can young astronauts do to playfully learn about space?
Read books about space.
Use cardboard boxes of all sizes to make a rocket. Tape together with colored masking tape. Directions for a small cardboard rocket here.
Make a control panel dashboard of buttons from cardboard or old parts.
Create your own a enclosed solar system using a recycled plastic bottle, oil, small balls water, food coloring, and glitter. Directions here.
Decorate your play space with stars. Can you make the stars into constellations? Print this Star Finder game from NASA to learn the constellations.
Grab moon “rocks” (see above) or sort moon pebbles and rocks by size, color, or shape.
Can you walk on the moon? Try walking on Bosu balls.
Play with space-themed sensory tubs (top photo) with spaceships, planets, and astronauts sensory tubs.
Play with moon sand — you can make your own with play sand and cornstarch! Moon sand recipe here.
(Yikes! My head seems a bit large. –>)
MORE space ideas:
Have a blast (sorry, couldn’t resist) playing space!!
Want to know why Play-based preschools are better for kids than academic preschools? Read this article from Scientific American called “The Death of Preschools.”