We have a very relaxed homeschooling style. We don’t follow a strict schedule and we don’t necessarily touch on every subject every day. Instead, I like to follow my kids’ lead, which often means we spend a good part of the morning “just playing.”
Of course, I put “just playing” in quotes because so often I find that my kids use their play to build upon or act out things we’ve been learning. For my kids, “just playing” is part of how they consolidate their learning and come to understand the concepts.
And that is how this space rocket activity came about.
Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.
We’ve been studying space for quite some time, and we’ve seen videos and read lots of books about astronauts and space travel. One morning I pulled out some of our Spielgaben materials for my kids to use.
They immediately started building space related objects.
Eventually their structure morphed into this space rocket. We had been learning about how astronauts do “space walks” to repair satellites and other objects in space. QBoy grabbed a pipe cleaner and began using it to attach one of our astronaut figures to the space rocket so they could go on a space walk.
He was quite proud of his completed space rocket. Both kids had a great time making rocket sounds and playing with the astronauts.
And I really enjoyed observing how they were assimilating what they had been learning in our space lessons into their play.
More resources for learning about space
More space-related posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Space Printables Pack
- How do astronauts eat in space?
- DIY astronaut glove box
- Astronaut Do-a-Dot Printables
- Montessori phases of the moon activities
- How did the moon get its craters?
- Recording the Earth’s rotation with shadows
- How planets orbit the sun
- Constellation craft for kids
- Solar system 3-part cards