Preschool Prep Week 17: Space

Activity: Create Aurora Borealis. Learn more about it HERE
Fill a tub with water and soap to create clouds (bubbles) then break glow sticks (we bought 15 for a $1 at target) and throw them in. The bubbles help create that misty look you're going for. When the sticks glow the colors merge together creating the "northern lights"

  • Green - oxygen, up to 150 miles in altitude
  • Red - oxygen, above 150 miles in altitude
  • Blue - nitrogen, up to 60 miles in altitude
  • Purple/violet - nitrogen, above 60 miles in altitude

 Here's a fun songs about space http://youtu.be/W4OgPHpUjh4

Write in moon dust. Photo credit: Sorting Sprinkles source

Paint the moon. Mix tempera paint with flour. First draw a circle on a sheet of black paper, and tell them to stay inside the lines. Photo credit: Sorting Sprinkles Learn about it  HERE for the original Idea or HERE for a more in depth explanation. 

Use words to describe the Sun source

Focus on the stars. If real constellations are a little too advanced, try making these

If not try these activities

Connect the Stars: Great pre-writing activity You could even place the stars in the shapes of letters. 

Make Galaxy Playdough
Galaxy play-doh for the kids.
Find the recipe HERE

How far are the planets from the sun?source

Phases of the moon: The source for this used cookies, but I think it would be neat to cut the shapes out before hand out of felt, and have the child arrange them smallest to largest. source

Space snacks:
Rocket ship fruit kabobs source

cut up star fruit

anything in the spherical shape could be an asteroid:
Cake balls
 doughnut holes
Melon balls

Blue Mountain has an MRE of freeze dried ice cream just like the astronauts eat. They had it at our local grocery store, but you can buy them online too. 

We drank tang out of a bag with a straw too. (Capri Suns would work too)

Other Activities we did:
Astronauts need to be in pronominal shape so I set up a very basic obstacle course and let the kids "train". Our number of the week was 7 so I made the mini trampoline 7 jumps and hit the punching bag 7 times.

I also put on outer space music and let the kids practice walking in moon boots. Which was basically just slow high knees and pretended their suits brought them back down the moon.

We made crayon rubbings of words spelled on paper with a glue gun. I wrote the words with a glue gun and cut them into cards. We placed the cards under a white sheet of paper and rubbed the side of a crayon on top to see which word it revealed. The words I used were: Sun, sphere, solar, sonic, Saturn, star, shine, satellite, ship, surface, and space.

We used white circle stickers and put them on black paper in the shape of a 7 then connected the dots with a white paint pen to make a constellation "7".

We painted our own planets by squirting a few different colors of paint onto a paper plate. I blew up a baloon and we dipped the balloon into the paint and then onto black paper. Each child then named their planet. Each child picked a color they wanted represented but it would be great with blue and green for earth too. I took the idea from Here:

Lastly we foiled up various sizes of foil and pretended they were meteors. First we aligned them by size then practiced shooting the meteors into a bucket for a meteor shower.




Sorting Sprinkles said...

I tried finding a "Contact Me" button but couldn't find any. I wanted to first thank you for visiting my blog (Sorting Sprinkles). I saw you are using some of my pictures on your own blog and although it is mentioned in my copyright notice that I required permission prior to posting them anywhere on the web, I have no problem with you using these two pictures if some adjustments are done. Since your own blog mentions all pictures are copyrighted by you and there is no watermark on the pictures, I would like both pictures to show a proper photo credit under each. Something like: Photo credit: Sorting Sprinkles with a link back to the post. The source link is great but it's more for the idea than the picture it seems. By the way, the moon landing picture is also mine but you credited it to another blog. Possibly because the step-by-step process of the craft is better explained but then, you should use her picture, not mine or make the craft and take a picture...Thanks in advance. Happy blogging.

tidbits said...

My apologies Sorting Sprinkles. I felt as though I was giving credit by stating the source. But I understand and absolutely want to give credit to those whose ideas I am sharing. I have updated this entry to more accurately reflect how you wish to be credited. Thank you for being willing to share with others.

Tonya said...

Laurie Berkner is awesome! Thanks for sharing, Liz!!

Panoramic View said...

Thanks for listing the colors and how high they are in the atmosphere. I didn't know that. I have made the playdough before and it was a hit with all ages. They like to add the glitter themselves and understand its meaning. So many ideas for a variety of ages!