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EHS Outer Space

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

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Outer space stickers Outer space cookie cutters Outer space stamps Outer space posters Outer space pictures Astronaut dress up clothes Books about outer space Cardboard box space shuttle Magazines about space Telescope Coke bottle jet pack http://behindthemoon-krista.blogspot.com/2012/04/space-themed-birthday-party.html Soft solar system Plastic astronaut and space shuttle Astronaut puppet Glow in dark plastic stars and space ships (like the kind you attach to the ceiling and walls) Goggles Coke bottle oxygen tank Moon sand Black playdough with glitter to look like night sky Water bottle with black food coloring, glitter, stars, space ships etc. (remember to hot glue lid) Water Table: black water, plastic stars, plastic space ships, plastic solar system, moon rocks (scrunched up tinfoil balls) etc Sensory Table: moon sand, plastic space shuttle, astronaut, plastic solar system, felt solar system, large pom poms, start cookie cutters, etc 


Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Paint a paper plate blue and green to look like the earth 2. Make a space shuttle out of a toilet paper roll 3. Pretend to be astronauts with the cardboard space shuttle and coke bottle oxygen tank 4. Make UFO with paper plates (color/paint 2 paper plates, glue them together to look like a UFO) 5. Make planets with playdough 6. Use telescope to look out window 7. Glue magazine clippings on paper to make a space collage 8. Pretend play with moon sand, astronaut, and space shuttle


9. Make a paper plate astronaut








10. Paint puzzle pieces and decorate to look like alien (EHS will have to use eye stickers in place of googly eyes)








11. Children will glue picture of their face on an astronaut body, they will color body then glue an empty plastic fruit container on top of face (this will be their space helmet, be sure to pre-cut a hole in the bottom of cup so the children can see their face)









12. Use plastic/paper cups of different sizes, dip in paint, then stamp circles on paper making the different planets.


13. Star cookie Cutter Art



14. Build a space station in the block area and use an “Under Construction” sign to keep the fun going throughout the week.


15. Foil Print Moon





Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Shooting stars (premade shooting stars with big pom poms and 12in streamers. Glue streamers to big pom pom balls.) Let children throw the “shooting stars” 2. Throw UFOs made out of paper plates by children 3. Moon walk

We listen to slow music and pretend we were on the moon, moving in slow motion. 4. Pretend to be flying through space in your space shuttle or with your coke bottle jet pack 5. Space race


6. Blast Off

We erase numbers 10-1 from the board as the class counts backward. We pretend to be space shuttles. The children squat on the floor and count backwards to blastoff. Everyone jumps up as high as they can.


7. Space Gross Motor


8. Planet Hop



9. Counting Down Starts

Toss a beanbag onto numbered star plates and count down from there.


10. Outer Space Hop

This is a fun way to incorporate outer space terms while practicing balancing and jumping! Have kids draw on each card something they find in outer space (you can have these done for them ahead of time instead). Tape images to the floor inside a grid made with painter’s tape. Have one child play at a time, and call out an image like “star.” The student must hop to that image without falling or touching the grid lines.




Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Orbiting Round the Moon We’ll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will We’ll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will We’ll be orbiting round the moon We’ll be orbiting round the moon We’ll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will We’ll be landing on the moon, yes we will We’ll be landing on the moon, yes we will We’ll be landing on the moon We’ll be landing on the moon We’ll be landing on the moon, yes we will We’ll be walking on the moon, yes we will We’ll be walking on the moon, yes we will We’ll be walking on the moon We’ll be walking on the moon We’ll be walking on the moon, yes we will We’ll be blasting off again, yes we will We’ll be blasting off again, yes we will We’ll be blasting off again We’ll be blasting off again We’ll be blasting off again, yes we will 2. The Planets Zippidy Doo Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars Then comes Jupiter, oh my stars Saturn, Uranus, Neptune too. Then comes Pluto zippidy doo 3. I’m a Little Rocket (tune: I’m a Little Teapot) I’m a little rocket pointing at the moon. (Raise arms above head and fingers tips touching) Now I’m getting fueled up (Wiggle hips) We’ll be ready soon. (Stand up straight and tall) When it’s time to board me, then I’ll say (Slowly bend knees and crouch down – arms still above head) Blast off! Zoom! We’re on our way. (Jump up and shout!) 4. Astronaut Song (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) Outer space is where I really like to go. I ride inside a spaceship, don’t you know? I like to travel near the stars, Wave to Jupiter and Mars. Outer space is where I really like to go. 5. Planet Song (tune: Ants Go Marching) The Planets revolve around the sun…hurrah, hurrah  The Planets revolve around the sun…hurrah, hurrah  The Planets revolve around the sun, they spin on their axis everyone  And they all go spinning…around and around they go Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars…hurrah, hurrah  Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars…hurrah, hurrah  Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars all whirling and twirling among the stars  And they all go spinning, around, and around they go Jupiter and Saturn are next in line…hurrah, hurrah  Jupiter and Saturn are next in line…hurrah, hurrah  Uranus, Neptune and Pluto makes nine  And they all go spinning around, and around they go  Boom, boom, BOOM!

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Countdown Come on, everybody! Let’s go to the moon! (Motion “come one” with one hand) Hurry, hurry! We’re leaving soon! (Pretend to tap watch) Put up your hand and let’s all count. (Hold up 5 fingers) We’re going to lift off and zoom about! (Sweep other hand upward from hip) Ready? 5…4…3…2…1… (Show each number of fingers) Blast off! (Jump up and raise both hands in the air) 2. Stars At night I see the twinkling stars (fist up and open hands over your head) And a great big smiling moon (circle arms overhead) My Mommy tucks me into bed (Lay pointer of one hand across the palm of the other hand) And sings a good-night tune. (Rock your hands back and forth) 3. Climb Aboard The Space Ship Climb aboard the spaceship, we’re going to the moon Hurry and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon Put on your helmets, and buckle up real tight Here comes the countdown, let’s count with all our might 10 . . . 9 . . .8 . . . 7 . . .6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . .2 . . .1 . . . blast off! 4. Nine Planets (tune: 10 little Indians) One little two little three little planets Four little five little six little planets Seven little eight little nine little planets Orbiting round the sun. Mercury Venus and the Earth Mars Jupiter and Saturn Uranus Neptune and Pluto Orbiting round the sun. 5. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 6. Ten Astronauts  Ten astronauts in a rocket ship (hold up fingers and touch both hands together at fingertips to make point of rocket) Flying through space gonna make a little trip (keep point of rocket with hands and go back and forth) Going past Mars and Jupiter, too! Ten little astronauts, what a crew! (hold up 10 fingers)

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