5…4…3…2…1…We have lift off!

This week we have been doing some play based on Space! T has become interested in rockets recently and so I thought we would do a few things stemming from that. It doesn’t feel like we’ve had a whole load of time so I think we will probably continue with the theme over next week, especially as my husband is on holiday and so I don’t anticipate we will have loads of time at home!

We began the week by reading My Very First Space Book from Usborne. This is a fantastic introduction to the topic and I found there was lots in it that we could talk about! One excellent thing about it is that we could read it again in two, three, five years time and beyond and there would be more she could learn and understand each time. It was simple, but meaty! It included information about the planets, galaxies, rockets, astronauts and more!

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I had a go at making some ‘galaxy playdough’ which I’d spotted on Pinterest. This is playdough, coloured black, with glitter. A definite Pinterest fail! I call it ‘Gray-Doh’.

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T didn’t seem to mind, however, I gave her some star cutters and some shiny bits and bobs!

 

We don’t actually have ANY space-themed toys, so we decided to try our hand at making the rocket. I went all Blue Peter and used the cardboard tube from a toilet roll. T rolled it in some coloured paper which I’d cut to size, and I gave her some small circles to stick on as windows. I also gave her some star stickers with which to decorate it. She was very restrained and only used one on the…hmm, what is that bit called? Anyway, on the pointy bit, “so the astronauts can look and say, ooh, it’s aaaaaall beautiful”.  I cut out some cardboard and paper to make the rocket boosters and the ‘pointy bit’. 🙂

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Step 2: Cover a piece of card in paper to make rocket boosters. Cut two slits the diameter of the toilet roll tube in the top of the card, and two slits either side of the tube. Slot together.
Step 2: Cover a piece of card in paper to make rocket boosters. Cut two slits the diameter of the toilet roll tube in the top of the card, and two slits either side of the tube. Slot together.
Step 3: Cut a circle of coloured paper and cut across the radius. Fold into a cone and tape to the top of the rocket.
Step 3: Cut a circle of coloured paper and cut across the radius. Fold into a cone and tape to the top of the rocket.
Step 4: Add stickers or coloured paper as windows and decorations, and then...ZOOOOOM!
Step 4: Add stickers or coloured paper as windows and decorations, and then…ZOOOOOM!

We made a moon small world with salt and glitter (ok, we ran out of salt…we added more the following day!), foil covered rocks (asteroids), wooden people as astronauts, and some cars as moon buggys!

I love these wooden people. They are so plain that they can be anything!

We also did some painting this week, using marbles. T had a look at the planets in the Usborne book and chose which one she wanted to make. We talked about the colours and chose paper and paints accordingly.

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We placed the paper on a tray, added some squirts of paint and the rolled the marbles around!

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We also made some aliens with the Gray-Doh. T used googly eyes, buttons, pipe cleaners and some of Mr Potato Head’s limbs to make her aliens. This was so fun! Probably her favourite activity of the week. It was great to see her being so creative with it.

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We even had an alien family!
I love the arm for a nose!
I love the arm for a nose!
As you can see, I got hold of some more food colouring and the Gray-Doh looks a little more as it was intended.
As you can see, I got hold of some more food colouring and the Gray-Doh looks a little more as it was intended.

Thanks for reading!

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