The boys have been really enjoying our blast off to space unit this month, they both can now say the planets in order from closest to furthest from the sun, and have learned many space related facts! Our first 2 weeks were filled with many fun hands on learning ideas from our Mother Goose Time Curriculum, these last 2 weeks were no exception either.
We have been using our moon sand outer space sensory bin, and earlier in the month we shared a new space sensory idea for kids if you want to check out our sensory ideas for the month. We also added in some extra fun activities for Ethan who is older, I shared some of them on my post of over 100 Outer Space Ideas for Kids.
We played a fun game of planet matching. I somehow didn’t get pictures of the game, but did get some of them cutting them out.
Both of the boys enjoyed doing our story problems provided by Mother Goose Time Curriculum using our Balancing Moon, which has been a hit this past month!
One of the favorite activities for both of the boys is using the story props and reenacting the story of the month. You can tell by the looks on their faces just how much they love reenacting the stories each month. We have to go in my bedroom to do it because they laugh so loud it can be quite distracting to the older boys doing school in the next room 🙂 !
Gabe adding stickers to his galaxy page in his book for the month.
Working hard to color the page black.
Both of the boys really enjoyed this activity Swirling Neptune, Gabe was laughing the whole time that he was rolling the ball around on the cookie sheet. It was super easy squirt some paint on to the paper, tape the paper onto the cookie sheet, put the ball onto the sheet and tip to roll around the paint.
Gabe’s completed picture. We set them out to try for the day and finished the project the next day during school.
Ethan didn’t want to do much swirling of his ball, so I didn’t manage to get many different pictures of him working on his project.
For Ethan’s we put it into a box instead of using a cookie sheet.
After the paintings were dry the boys cut them out in the shape of a circle and then added 14 white sticker moons around the planet.
The boys enjoyed the Saturn Wands. Ethan spent quite a long time decorating his stick to make it just perfect. He has been doing that with many different projects lately, so I have been making sure to give him plenty of time to be creative!
Making glitter galaxies was such a fun activity for the kids to make, even big brother wanted to make one as well.
Space Race was a fun board game for the month, and the kids got a chance to learn shapes. Anthony played with Gabe this time. It is so sweet watching big brother be a helper, Anthony is so patient and helpful to the little kids.
Making astronaut puppets was a fun activity for the kids.
The kids love adding things into their journal through out the month. It is a great way to look back over everything we have learned through the month.
Ethan decided to pull out some of our Montessori outer space tray ideas. It was great fine motor practice to use the chopsticks to place the marbles onto the stars.
I love to look on his face while he is working.
The astronaut puzzle was lots of fun for Gabe to put together.
We decorated dice to roll and played “walking in space”. When they rolled the sun the way they acted like they were melting, it was hilarious.
Our set of markers contain some scented markers in them. Of course that means you need to smell each of the markers even the ones that don’t smell.
The green marker did not smell good according to him, which is why he plugged his nose the entire time he colored with it lol.
When he rolled the sun he melted to the ground lol.
And of course since big brother melted on the ground when he rolled the sun, Gabe had to follow his actions.
They both drew their pictures onto their postcards, Ethan’s favorite thing for him to learn about for the month was the stars and moon.
Gabe’s favorite thing to learn about was rocket ships.
They had a great time making their English/Spanish book.
Ethan has been really getting into coloring lately and has spent quite a bit of time coloring any of his work.
Taping the pictures into the book is one of Gabe’s favorite things.
The boys spent quite a bit of time putting together their rocket ship twirlers just perfectly.
They enjoyed running around the house with their rocket ship twirlers, even if it was pretty distracting to the older boys working on their school 😉 !
Moon Phases was a fun way to learn about the phases of the moon. We also used a flashlight and ball to simulate the moon phases. This was a great way to show them why the moon changes shapes.
We have had such a great time learning about outer space this past month. Our next theme is Ocean which I’m sure the boys will enjoy.
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