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…
‘On the Moon’
It made sense to have the ‘moon’ in the small world area this week…
Weighing ‘moon rocks’ – actually stones & polystyrene balls covered in silver foil (& also some simple scrunched up silver foil)…
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…
We threaded old beads (mostly cut from cheap or old jewellery) & cheap Poundland Christmas baubles onto wire…
I then hung them from the ceiling to create a mobile. It looks beautiful! 🙂
Aliens in the dough, inspired by images from these books…
Lots of silver things to explore. This was inspired by one of my ‘bestie’ EYFS TwitterPals, Claire Lowery (@ on Twitter). Thanks Claire, the children loved exploring all the bits & pieces! 😀
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 🙂
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!
… and other things! We are now the proud owners of a set of ‘Mirror Blocks’. I can see lots of potential for them…
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…
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…
Simple sand play this week…
The children are all still really engaged with these activities, so we will be continuing with some of them next week…
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)