Kids who like aliens, planets, and stars are sure to love these ideas for active/outdoor play, quieter/hands-on play, as well as a couple of destinations to get everyone out of the house while staying here on Earth. Be sure to check out Wacky Sports Week and Under the Sea Week ideas, too!
- · Catch a Falling Star (try to get inflated balloons into a laundry basket, using pool noodles)
- · Chalk aliens: lie down on the driveway & trace each other with sidewalk chalk; have kids color in the outlines to turn everyone into aliens
- · Planetary Volleyball (pretend the ball is a planet – let kids pick their favorite)
- In our house, there's bound to be some lightsaber game where we need to defeat the battle droids (imaginary, of course)
- · Spaceship craft - with alien or without alien (paper bowls, aluminum foil, glue, etc.)
- · Make jet packs (cardboard, ribbon, two empty 2-Liter bottles, silver paint, orange/red felt or foam or streamers, hot glue)
- · Make a solar system mobile (paper, etc.)
- · Moon rocks (rocks, silver paint, black and white tissue paper, glitter glue)
- · Galaxyplay-dough (2 c. flour, 2 c. water, food coloring, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar, 1 c. salt, glitter, star shapes, faux gems, etc.)
- · Fiery suns (paper, paint, plastic wrap)
- · Handprint alien (paint, paper, google eyes - make a handprint with only three fingers & pointing up; add eyes to top of each fingerprint; draw legs)
- · Balloon rocket (cardboard tube, balloon, card stock, safety scissors, glue, markers/crayons)
- · Footprint rocket (white paint, black paper)
- · StarWars crafts (Yoda & Chewbacca puppets - need to print the templates & directions, plus a trip to the craft store...but will be worth it for any fanboys & fangirls!)
- · Make a LEGO space ship and aliens
- · Read stories about planets, outer space
- · Write a story together about visiting outer space. Let kids illustrate.
- · Visit a planetarium and check out a giant-screen film
- · Go to the library for books about the planets, outer space
Have fun with your own Outer Space Week! As always, thanks for reading.