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Outer Space Theme Learn and Play

This summer, create a home summer camp with an Outer Space theme.  We've been doing a ton of Space, planet, and galaxy activities recently...and sharing them, too!  Our Outer Space sensory activities were a huge hit, as were our Constellation crafts.  Which to do first when you've got a little space fan!  You can betcha we've been pinning to our Outer Space Awesome pin board a lot!  We even grabbed up a handful of our all-time favorite Outer Space books from the library to share with you.  If you're looking for activities to do with the kids this summer, a space theme will be a sure hit. Your Summer Camp at home will be complete with Space crafts, Space snacks, Space sensory, fine motor, and gross motor learning and play.

Outer space theme activities for kids

Summer Camp at Home: Outer Space theme activities

These activities are set up by theme (books, snacks, crafts, solar system models, sensory play, and movement learning activities) so that you can pick and choose activities for each day of your themed camp.  Make the week work for you!  Choose just one or two activities for each day, or go all out and do one from each category.  It's totally up to you and your little campers! 


Outer Space Books

Start off your daily activities during a week of Space activities with a Space book.  Some of our favorites are ones we read weekly and others are ones we love to check out from the library.
(We're including affiliate links for these books and other links in this post.)

Stop back soon! This book list is coming to the blog tomorrow!

Outer Space Snacks

Outer space themed snack Stars and Planets snack for kids

We quickly made this space snack while doing a little space reading.  Kids will gobble up the stars and planets. We even made it a fine motor sorting activity by sorting the stars and planets from the snack mix.  This outer space themed snack will be a hit during your Summer Camp at home or space themed week.  We used a cup of Cheerios Cereal and a cup of Puffs snacks to make our stars and planets snack mix.  Have the kids sort the planets and stars into seperate bowls for fine motor practice that Toddlers and young Preschoolers will love.
More Space themed snacks to fill the rest of your week:

Outer space snack ideas for kids

Eat the solar system from Creative Kid Snacks
Rocket Ship Wrap from Creative Kid Snacks
Eat the Moon snack from Things to Share and Remember
Stars homemade tortilla chips from Sugar Aunts

Outer Space Solar System Models:

Outer Space Pipe cleaner solar system model

We made this Outer Space model using pipe cleaners.  We didn't get into planet size, but rather checked out the size of each planet compared to the others from The Planets book and crafted them based on the pictures in the book. we strung the pipe cleaner planets along fishing line and taped it between two walls. This was a fun way to explore how the planets are spaced from the sun.

Outer space pipe cleaner solar system model

More Solar System Models for Kids for the rest of the week: 
Make a solar system mobile like Artsy Craftsy Mom
Create a balloon solar system model from Creekside Learning
Use recycled plastic lids to create a solar system like Still Playing School
Make a solar system with Legos like Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

Outer Space Crafts (make one a day for the week):
Make a Rainbow Rocket ship like Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Create a Textured Moon craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Make Q-tip Star Art like Mess for Less
Kids will love this Launching Rocket Ship toy from Lalymom.
This Moon mobile will be a hit. (from Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Outer Space Sensory Play:
Lots of ideas are to be found on our Outer Space sensory  round up!

Space Themed Move and Learn Activities:
I love the rocket ship in this space themed party!  Climb in and out of a cardboard rocket ship for lots of movement and play. 
Then, use another cardboard box to make this glow in the dark space fort like Lalymom.
Nurturestore made a great Space math game.
Any kid would love these recycled plastic bottle jet packs!

Have fun with your Outer Space themed week of fun!  Be sure to follow our Outer Space Awesome pinterest board for more ideas.

This post is part of a HUGE resource for you!  We're joining 10 other bloggers in 11 weeks of themed Summer Camp at Home activities.  These themed activities will fill the weeks of summer with learning, fun, and play.  Check out all of the Summer Camp at Home themes below:

Summer camp at home themes

Week 1: Outer Space theme from Sugar Aunts (that's us!)
Week 2: Ocean theme from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Week 3: Colors theme from Still Playing School
Week 4: Backyard Fun Theme for Kids from Where Imagination Grows
Week 5: Science Activities for Kids from Little Bins for Little Hands
Week 6: Legos theme from All Done Monkey
Week 7: Bugs & Butterflies theme from Rainy Day Mum
Week 8: Dinosaur theme from The Pleasantest Thing
Week 9: Rainforest theme from JDaniel4's Mom
Week 10: Secret Spy School Activities  theme from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Week 11: Frozen theme from Fun-a-Day

Also, be sure to check out our Circus themed summer camp at home activities from last year.