I'm so excited to finally get on with showing what was on our space themed shelves! It's taken us quite a while to work through them, but these were so much fun and so educational, too! Y was so excited to learn about the planets, their names, and their order. The images of space included on the printables really grabbed his attention and he explored them for quite a while.
Here's what we worked on:
Asteroids on the moon
This was a really fun work that examined the impact of asteroids on the moon. All we did was fill a tub with flour and gathered different sized marbles.
Then, we threw the marbles into the flour from different angles and heights. This mimicked what the surface of the moon looks like. It was so interesting for Y, even at 3.5 year old!
I cut strips of orange and yellow tissue paper. Y simply had to glue the tissue onto the mat.
E is for Earth
Well, this is the Russian version, but the idea is that the mat states that 'E is for Earth' and was a simple review from our Letter of the Week curriculum.
I made some 'asteroids' using aluminum foil that I crumbled into balls. Y used these alongside his sandpaper numbers to practice counting 0-5 in English and Russian.
Side note: Y for some reason that I am yet to understand has learned to count to 10 perfectly in English. We rarely, rarely speak in English at home and I haven't really worked on counting in English with him. He cannot count that well in Russian, the language he and I speak to each other every single day. I'm really surprised by this. It's not like he is exposed to English outside of our house either because we do not live in an anglophone country!
This one is pretty straight forward and was a just for fun one. Y got to spoon the asteroids into two bowls. I set this up after a few days with of using the counting work above.
Arts and crafts
We used some of those glow in the dark planets as stamps - a fun and simple craft!
Y also had tons of fun painting stars with this roller!
Sensory bin with a twist
I used these for a sensory bin, alongside a few stars I had cut out. The stars had the letters to Y's name written on them and we practiced spelling his name after he removed all of the planets and stars from the bin using the tweezers.
I intended to use black beans for this sensory bin, but we had run out! I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed about this.
Y practiced using tweezers with this simple work!
Lacing 'stars' onto a pipe cleaner.
The phases of the moon
We used these prereading cards (available in my Space Themed Printable Pack available in English and Russian), to learn the names of the phases of the moon.
Space themed vocabulary building
Planet beginning sound cards
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