What discoveries will YOU make?
This is an easy and mess-free activity to help your preschooler build more vocabulary and create an interest in space. If possible, start this activity with a book to get them excited about space and astronauts. Then, have your kiddo collect some rocks and other items to go into the box. To create the box, you’ll put all of your artifacts inside, cover the open top with plastic wrap, and attach two large gloves for the children to reach into the box with. Astronauts can’t touch anything in space, and this activity is a fun way to recreate the experience of examining objects from a safe distance.
🧭 Go on an adventure! Have your kiddo help you collect the “moon rocks.” It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small, they’re all fun to explore!
📚 Books to explore: I am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer, Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCathy, and ABCs of Space by Christ Ferrie and Julia Kregenow.
✨ Fun with a friend. If you have two kiddos then make it something they can do together by adding a second set of gloves on the other side.
For this activity you will need:
Long rubber gloves
Rocks (as many as you like)
Two small bowls
Small toys or markers
Magnifying glass (optional)
Cut any flaps off the box and make sure there are no sharp edges.
Cut two holes on the side of the box large enough to get your child’s hand through but small enough to tape the rubber gloves to.
Line the bottom of the box with duct tape to prevent it from getting damaged by weight and moisture from the items inside the box.
Push the rubber gloves through the holes and tape the edges to the outside of the box.
Add your gathered rocks, small toys/markers, bowls, and magnifying glass to the box.
Cover the top of the box with plastic wrap and tape it to the box.
Explore! Encourage your child to examine each item and place them into the bowls afterwards, sorting by color, size, type, or any other category you can think of!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have your kiddo help with the construction of the box.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Your younger kiddo will need help getting into the gloves and many need a smaller box to explore.
How does an astronaut get into space?
What planet do we live on?
Are there other planets? Can you name them?
What can we find on the moon?
Why do astronauts float in space?