Blast off to space with these out of this world craft activities!
Space is all about ‘what ifs?’ and the unknown, and has our children asking the most fascinating questions. Investigating space enables children to question uncertainties and can help them to become creative thinkers. Space also encourages children to love science as it captures their imagination with its rockets, moon landings, planets, blackholes and stars.
These craft activities will spark imagination, curiosity and encourage exploration of the knowledge of our solar system. They will also teach how important it is to recycle and keep Earth safe, clean and healthy.
Upcycled Jet Pack
To infinity and beyond! Rocket your kid’s world and build together this fun, recyclable craft activity. This craft project requires the assistance and supervision of an adult.
What You Need
- 1 egg carton
- 2 bottle caps
- 1 jar lid
- 2 2-litre bottles
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors or craft knife
- Silver spray paint and paint respirator mask
- Two straps
- Tissue paper – orange, red and yellow
- Duct tape
- 2 cardboard pieces – 19 x 22 cm each
- Rubber bands (optional)
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Using the duct tape, tape the two 2 litre bottles together, make sure they are secure. Get an adult to help with spray painting the egg carton, bottle caps, jar lid and the 2 litre bottles. Always wear a respirator mask before using spray paints. Let everything dry before the next step.
Cut four slits, one on each corner in one of the cardboard squares. Thread the straps through the slits and tie them together. Your cardboard square will start looking like a backpack.
Now it’s time to assemble the pieces together with the hot glue gun. Start by glueing your second cardboard square onto the base of the 2 litre bottles. Glue the remaining pieces as shown in the picture. Carefully cut three small strips of tissue paper and glue them onto the cardboard. Allow for the glue to dry and then glue the first cardboard piece to the other side of the 2 litre bottles.
For the final step, cut long strips of tissue paper and twist the ends together. You may use the rubber bands to help you keep the strips together. Glue them into the openings of the 2 litre bottles to create the fire for your jet pack.
Let the glue dry first and then you can blast off into space!
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Alien and Space Robot Collage
How do you organise a space party? You planet! Get the kids to be creative and messy with paints and recycled paper in this craft activity. Perfect for parties or just for your kids to have fun with crafts.
What You Need
- Paint brushes
- An assortment of card and shiny paper
- Googly eyes for the eyes (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
- Paddle pop sticks (optional)
- Craft glue
- Marker pens
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Paint your assortment of card paper however you like. If you have glitter you can add to your card paper before the paint dries. Wait for the paint to dry and then carefully cut different body shapes out. An adult will need to assist with using the scissors.
Draw the eyes and control panels and carefully cut them out. If you are using googly eyes you can skip drawing the eyes.
With craft glue, build your aliens and robots. Glue the different shapes together until you are happy with the shape of your alien or robot. Cut shapes out of the shiny paper and glue the pieces to your characters.
Lastly, bring your characters to life by glueing the control panel and eyes to your characters and adding any other elements you like.