Blast into fantastic space activities for kids of all ages. Explore the night sky with these fantastic space projects for kids ranging from hands-on science and sensory activities to favorite space-theme art activities. Build a shuttle with Mae Jemison, explore the constellations with Neil deGrasse Tyson, whip up galaxy slime, test your engineering skills with space-themed STEM challenges, and more! We love fun simple science activities for kids!
PLAN AWESOME SPACE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS!
Kids will have a blast with these simple to set up space theme activities that explore space in a hands-on way! Whether you want to dig your hands into a handful of moon sand or sculpt an edible moon cycle, we have you covered! Want to build a model space shuttle or paint a galaxy? Let’s go!
Make it STEM or STEAM with a wide range of space, moon, galaxy, and star-themed projects that combine parts of science, technology, engineering, and math and art (STEAM).
SPACE THEME STEM CHALLENGES
STEM challenges are usually open-ended suggestions to solve a problem. That’s a big part of what STEM is all about!
Ask a question, come up with solutions, design, test, and retest! The tasks are meant to get kids thinking about and using the design process.
What’s the design process? I’m glad you asked! In many ways, it’s a series of steps an engineer, inventor, or scientist would go through when trying to solve a problem. Learn more about the steps of the engineering design process.
- Use in the classroom, at home, or with clubs and groups.
- Print, cut, and laminate to use repeatedly (or use page protectors).
- Perfect for individual or group challenges.
- Set a time constraint, or make it an all-day project!
- Talk about and share the results of each challenge.
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Below, you will find a fun selection of space crafts, science, STEM, art, slime, and sensory play activities that explore space, especially the moon! There are space ideas for preschoolers to elementary-age kids and older.
Learn more about moon craters, explore the moon phases, play with polymers with homemade galaxy slime, paint a galaxy or make a galaxy in a jar, and more.
Create your own watercolor galaxy art inspired by the beauty of our incredible Milky Way galaxy. This galaxy watercolor painting is a great way to explore mixed-media art with kiddos of all ages.
BUILD A SATELLITE
Build your own satellite for fantastic space themes STEM and learn a little bit about the mastermind, Evelyn Boyd Granville, in the process.
Have you ever stopped and gazed at the stars on a clear dark night? It’s one of my favorite things to do when we have a quiet evening. Learn about the constellations you can see with these easy constellation activities. Free printable included!
Planetariums are great places to see what the night sky looks like without having to have a powerful telescope. Create your own DIY planetarium from a few simple supplies and explore constellations found in the Milky Way galaxy.
BUILD A SPECTROSCOPE
A spectroscope is an instrument that astronomers use to study gases, and stars in space. Create your own DIY spectroscope from a few simple supplies and make a rainbow from visible light.
STAR LIFE CYCLE
Explore the life cycle of a star with easy-to-print information. This mini-reading activity is the perfect complement to our galaxy or constellation activities. Download the star life cycle here.
LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE
Learn about the Earth’s atmosphere with these fun printable worksheets and games below. An easy way to explore the layers of the atmosphere and why they are essential to our biosphere.
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGE
Develop your engineering skills as you design and build a space shuttle from simple supplies.
FIZZY MOON PAINTING
The moon in your night sky may not fizz and bubble like this fizzy space STEAM activity, but it’s still a fun way to dig into astronomy, chemistry, and art simultaneously!
FIZZING MOON ROCKS
Why not make a batch of fizzing moon rocks to celebrate the lunar landing anniversary? Make sure to have plenty of baking soda and vinegar on hand because your kids will want to make tons of these cool “rocks”.
What colors do you find in outer space? Make this beautiful galaxy inspired slime that kids will love playing with!
GALAXY IN A JAR
A colorful galaxy in a jar. Did you know that galaxies actually get their colors from the stars within that galaxy? It’s called the stellar population! You can make your own space science in a jar instead!
GLOW IN THE DARK PUFFY PAINT MOON
Every night, you can look up into the sky and notice the moon’s changing shape! So let’s bring the moon indoors with this fun and simple puffy paint moon craft.
MAKING MOON CRATERS WITH MOON DOUGH
Explore how moon craters are formed, with this easy sensory moon dough mixture!
LEGO SPACE CHALLENGE
Explore space with free, fun, and easy-to-use LEGO space challenges using basic breaks!
Another fun sensory recipe with a space theme. Great for hands-on learning with a theme variation on our moon dough recipe above.
OREO MOON PHASES
Enjoy a bit of edible astronomy with this Oreo space activity. Explore how the moon’s shape or moon phases change over the course of the month with a favorite cookie sandwich.
PHASES OF THE MOON CRAFT
What are the different phases of the moon? Another fun way to learn the moon phases with this simple moon craft activity.
SPACE SKIP COUNTING MATH
SOLAR SYSTEM PROJECT
Learn some facts about our amazing solar system with this printable solar system lapbook project. Includes a diagram of the planets in the solar system.
BUILD AN AQUARIUS REEF BASE
Build a simple model of the Aquarius Reef base inspired by astronaut John Herrington. He was the commander of a small team of people who spent ten days living and working underwater.
SET UP A SPACE CAMP
Grab this free printable guide to get started planning your own space camp filled with awesome science, STEM, and art activities. It’s not just for summer camp; try this camp any time of the year, including vacations, after-school groups, library groups, scouts, and more!
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Thank you so much for everything you do. You are a very talented and dedicated person. Most of the time when I request one of your freebie printouts I recieve them. But the constellation card pack has me stymied.I must have requested them 12 times yesterday and again today. The don’t make it through. Could you please help me?
I work with a special Ed.. teacher, she did the moon sand for an activity with the children, they have so much fun, hiding objects: toys, we help as well with the moon sand every one has a container with the sand. Taking turns each took an item and described. This activity help them learn to take turns, follow instructions, answer questions, and the most learn having fun!!
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love all your ideas, but difficult to print out any of them ,for instance, galaxy slime, without having to print out multiple (10?) pages each time i want to duplicate or try an activity…so I end up not doing them at all. can you make it easier to keep ( less pages,less ink,less paper wasted)
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