You can explore the galaxy without leaving the house! Plan an afternoon of fun that’s also educational with these great outer space-themed crafts for kids.
Button solar system craft
- 8 Buttons, assorted sizes
- Craft sticks
- 2-inch wooden circle
- Craft paint
- Paint the wood circle yellow to represent the sun.
- While the sun dries, paint the buttons different colors to represent the planets. If you prefer, you can skip this step and just use multi-colored buttons.
- Paint 8 craft sticks a dark color such as navy blue or black.
- Glue one of the buttons to the end of each craft stick.
- Break the craft sticks down into various lengths to represent the distance of each planet from the sun.
- Glue the craft sticks to the back of the sun.
3-D moon craft
- White paint
- Mixing bowl
- Paper bowl
- Rounded objects such as spoons and bottle caps
- Stir together equal parts flour and white paint in a mixing bowl.
- Turn the paper bowl upside down and coat the bowl with the flour mixture.
- Use rounded objects such as spoons and bottle caps to make craters in the flour mixture.
- Allow the moon to dry for 4 to 6 hours.
Paper tube rocket craft
- Paper towel roll
- White construction paper
- Red construction paper
- Aluminum foil
- Orange tissue paper
- Wrap a piece of white construction paper around a paper towel roll and use the tape to keep it in place.
- Cut a 5-inch diameter circle out of the red construction paper.
- Cut a slit from the edge of the circle to the center of the circle. Overlap the edges of the circle at the slit so that it forms a cone shape. Tape the cone together, then trim off any overhanging paper at the bottom of the cone.
- Use tape to fasten the cone to one end of the rocket ship.
- Cut 2 strips from aluminum foil and glue them around the paper tube.
- Cut out 3 triangles from the red construction paper. Glue the triangles to the base of the rocket.
- Cut a 6-inch square piece of orange construction paper. Slide it into the bottom of the paper tube and use glue to keep it in place.
Star noodle galaxy
- Star shaped noodles
- Ziploc bags
- Rubbing alcohol
- Food coloring
- Wax paper
- Dark construction paper
- Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol into a Ziploc bag.
- Add in a couple drops of food coloring and shake the bag until the food coloring is well mixed with the rubbing alcohol.
- Add a handful of noodles to the bag, zip the bag closed and shake the bag until all of the noodles are coated with the food coloring.
- Pour the noodles out onto a sheet of wax paper and allow them to dry for 2 to 3 hours.
- Repeat steps 1 through 4 for any additional colors of star noodles.
- Once the noodles are dry, glue them to a dark piece of construction paper in a spiral pattern to form a galaxy.