Space!

Space!

Another busy week! We ended up having ‘space’ related activities after observing children making ‘a rocket to the moon’ with a cardboard box & also lots of ‘Twinkle Star’ singing with our firework & bonfire night things last week.

Here are some of the things we enjoyed…

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‘On the Moon’

It made sense to have the ‘moon’ in the small world area this week…

Moon play... from Rachel (",)

 

Moon play... from Rachel (",)

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Maths Area

Weighing ‘moon rocks’ – actually stones & polystyrene balls covered in silver foil (& also some simple scrunched up silver foil)…

Weighing and balancing moon rocks and asteroids - from Rachel (",)

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Tin Can Robots

They loved this! I’ve seen so many examples of robot-making on Pinterest (although the first was from Teach Preschool) & this has been an amalgamation of lots of them. The bottle lids, pom-poms & googly eyes all have magnets glued onto them so that they can be stuck to the tins & I also provided some loose (strong) magnets so that the children could stick tins together & add nuts & bolts to their creations…

Tin can robots from Rachel (",)

Tin can robots from Rachel (",)

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Threading ‘Asteroids’

We threaded old beads (mostly cut from cheap or old jewellery) & cheap Poundland Christmas baubles onto wire…

Threading asteroid mobiles from Rachel (",)

I then hung them from the ceiling to create a mobile. It looks beautiful! 🙂

Beads and baubles mobile from Rachel (",)

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Play Dough

Aliens in the dough, inspired by images from these books…

Alien books to inspire play dough creations - shared by Rachel (",)

Alien dough from Rachel (",)

Alien dough from Rachel (",)

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Sensory Tray

Lots of silver things to explore. This was inspired by one of my ‘bestie’ EYFS TwitterPals, Claire Lowery (@clairewiththere on Twitter). Thanks Claire, the children loved exploring all the bits & pieces! 😀

Silver sensory tray - from Rachel (",)

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Numbers & Patterns

Lots of maths fun with various space-related loose parts.

I made the yellow & white stars last year after see in this post from Fantastic Fun and Learning. I didn’t have felt at the time, so adapted it. If you wish a copy of the stars you can download them here: Numbered stars from Rachel (“,)

There are small & large white & yellow stars, numbered from 0-10. There are also some blank ones so that you can add your own things 🙂

Numbers and patterns from Rachel (",)

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Lightbox Fun

We pretended that the glitter in the tray on the lightbox was ‘rocket fuel’. The children enjoyed making marks with their fingers & also using the teaspoons to gather the glitter & fill the lidded jars. Great fine motor work!

Mark making in 'rocket fuel' - from Rachel (",)

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Constructing Rockets

… and other things! We are now the proud owners of a set of ‘Mirror Blocks’. I can see lots of potential for them…

Exploring mirror blocks - from Rachel (",)

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Sensory Mark Making

I covered a baking tray in silver foil before adding the foam. They loved revealing the foil as they made marks with the baking tools…

Mark making in foam, on silver foil - from Rachel (",)

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More Mark Making

I’m not even sure what this black powder is. I found it in the cupboard & thought it was glitter, but it was actually a fine ‘powder’. Fab for mark making in! We used my pattern cards again. You can download them from this blogpost for free, if you’d like a copy…

Mark making in black 'dust' - from Rachel (",)

Sand

Simple sand play this week…

Simple sand play from Rachel (",)

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The children are all still really engaged with these activities, so we will be continuing with some of them next week…

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Thanks for reading!

Cardboard box play from Rachel (",)

– Rachel (“,)

18 Comments

  1. Fabulous as ever!! Will magpie some of these ideas if/when we have Space topic – thanks so much for sharing, you continue to inspire me!!!!
    Just wondered if you did anything to the tin cans before using them in your classroom? Eg. did you need to tape/rub down edges? I’ve been thinking of using them in class for some time but not sure of the implications if any of cuts….
    Thanks, Susie x

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    • I find that the tins with ring pulls (such as baked beans) don’t leave sharp edges, so I haven’t had to do anything with them. I’ve also bought a tin opener which says it doesn’t leave sharp edges, although I haven’t had chance to test it out yet. I believe a lot of people use them.
      Thank you for your lovely comment! (“,)

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  2. What a cool idea! A fascinating topic! How did you decide on the space theme? Thanks for your wonderful posts!

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    • Thanks Erica!
      We ended up with space-related play as a result of lots of ‘rocket play’ & ‘trips to the moon’ last week during our bonfire & fireworks play (“,)

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  3. Your provision looks amazing! You put so much effort into everything you do. Thank you for sharing…….truly inspiring!

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    • What a lovely comment, Leigh! Thank you! 😀

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  4. Thanks for linking up to Share it Saturday! Your post will be highlighted this Saturday at my blog!

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    • Thanks Jennifer! 😀

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  5. I just want to play and get to work and do this. Thanks so much.

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    • Thank you so much, Elle! 🙂

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  6. Where did you gt the ‘alien’ plastic hands etc for your play dough activity?

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    • They are Mr Potato Head body parts (I have them available on my play dough shelves all year round). I think Cosy Direct sells them though – try searching ‘Dough Face’ on their site 🙂

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  7. Hallo,
    Zo’n leuke dingen!
    Een vraagje: waar haalde je de kleine poppetjes en raketen?
    Mvg
    Sofie

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  8. You always deliver. We are looking at Space as a future focus and once again your ideas just blow me away. THANK YOU as always for the inspiration. 🙂

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    • Ah, thank you, Saarski! ☺️

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