Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Space Week 2020 - Fun Activities for 2-6 Year-Olds

Did you know that it's World Space Week? It is celebrated in 2020 between October 4 and October 10.

This week, we talked about space (we had our first conversations and activities about space) through some activities:
1. DIY counting cards and hidden counters in kinetic sand
I made this printable with counters and counting cards for my daughter, but I decided to post it on my #Teacherspayteachers store, Grumpy Dumpling, for others to use, as well. It's a flash freebie, so hurry up and download it. I'd really appreciate your feedback, if you do. :)

I cut out the space-related counters (stars, astronauts, planets, Earth, rockets) and hid them in a tray with kinetic sand. E. took them out and placed on the right number card. She then named the objects and we counted them together.

It was a fun way to practice vocabulary, counting, 1-1 correspondence, and comparing numbers.
What do you think? Would your child enjoy this activity?

2. DIY space playdough

I made space playdough for the first time in 2015. Time sure flies, and I am so happy to be able to make playdough with my daughter now!

What you’ll need to make this:
2 ½ cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp of cream of tartar
2 tbsp of oil
Black food colouring
2 cups of boiling water
Blue/black glitter

Mix the dry ingredients, then add some oil and food colouring. Pour the water and knead. Let it cool first, so the kneading process is easier. Add the glitter at the end. That’s it!

3. Painting Planets

E. painted some planets on cotton pads. She used a spray bottle. I mixed in it some water and finger paints (but maybe food colouring would have made brighter colours). Afterwards, she decided to ditch the spray bottle and continued painting with her hands.

I didn't want to get into talking about very specific things about planets, because it's still a very new topic. I just explained that we live on Earth, where we have trees, birds, water, and we can breathe. But that there are also other planets, where people can't live, or that people haven't seen yet. We talked about astronauts, but she always calls them scuba divers. In the end, we counted the painted planets.

Have you done any space related activities this week?

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