We just finished up our June Outer Space theme and I thought I'd post a bit about the things we enjoyed the most.
Robbie enjoyed his outer space sensory bin. I used some black floral rocks as the base. The figures are from a Safari Ltd. Space Toob. We purchased a glow-in-the dark cosmos set and I added them one planet at a time (in order by distance from the sun). The "sun" was the sphere from our geometric solids. He also played with a Matchbox space shuttle and another larger shuttle which was a souvenir from Kennedy Space Center.
See our other sensory bins
Since this was such a laid back theme, I didn't incorporate much into our regular studies. Here are a few of the things that we used in addition to our normal "Three Rs" studies...
Reading: Helper Word Rockets
Writing: Tracing Sheets from this Preschool Pack
Math: Space-Themed Beginning Number Bonds
Robbie really enjoyed his freeze-dried ice cream.
We did a few hands-on craft-type things...
I found this spaceship kit on clearance at Target.
Robbie and I made a satellite from a piece of cardboard, aluminum foil and a straw.
He really loved making this Makit and Bakit Suncatcher.
Robbie told me that playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Wii counted as learning about space.
He built a rocket with his wooden blocks.
- Here are some of the books we enjoyed:
- Glow in the Dark Constellations: A Field Guide for Young Stargazers by C.E. Thompson
- The Berenstain Bears On the Moon by Stan & Jan Berenstain
- Little Rocket's Special Star by Julie Sykes
- All About Space (a Scholastic First Encyclopedia)
- Space Adventure by Amy Adair
- Science Starter (A child's First Library of Learning)
- We Can Go! (Scholastic Reader)
- A Dad in Space (a Scott Foresman reader)
You can find links to many of the things we used (and some I wish we'd used) this past month on my Space Theme Pinterest Board.
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