Outer Space Hop

Getting your child active while they’re learning is a great way for children to practice their skills while having fun. In this activity, we combine communication with gross motor as children hop from square to square, identifying different elements of outer space.

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Can you hop your way around outer space?

About the contributor: Nascha is one of our Community Contributors from Songs With Nash, an online community full of activities, for children using songs, music and movement. This game gets your child to match a spoken word to a visual image while also practicing their balance and coordination each time you call out an outer space object. The object of the game is for your child to hear the word, find the corresponding image on the floor and move to that square with a hop, skip or a jump! 

📚 Books to explore: Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney, and Solar System by Jill McDonald.

🔄 Switch it up: Have your child call out the outer space objects while you jump around. They’ll enjoy having a new role within the game.

🔡 ABC’s: Write out the names of each outer space object and have your child identify what letters they can see in each word.

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Painter’s tape 

Paper

Markers or crayons

Large area to jump around in

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Physical

Skills

Hopping & Jumping

Indicators:

Jumping increases in coordination. Hopping on one foot increases.

Instructions

Step 1:

On the paper, draw some objects with your child that one would typically find in outer space such as the sun, the moon, the earth, a star and a rocketship.

Step 2:

Create a grid on the floor using painter’s tape. Alternatively, if you already have a floor with large tiles, you can use those as your grid instead.

Step 3:

Tape the pictures in different squares on the floor.

Step 4:

Call out the names of the outer space objects and have them identify where it is on the grid, then hop or jump onto that image.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have them hop on just one foot or balance by walking only along the tape lines as they travel from square to square.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Instead of hopping or jumping, have them touch each outer space image with their hand.

Activity Author

Nascha | Early Childhood Educator

I’m Nascha from Songs With Nash. I’ve always been passionate about engaging with children and strongly believe in education for little ones through music, movement and stories. After working with in the non-profit early education sector, I decided to branch out on my own.

Playful Questions

Can you hop to the moon?

Can you  hop on only one foot?

Can you hop like a frog from one square to the other? 

If we’re not hopping or jumping, how else can we get from one square to the other?

What’s your favorite part about outer space?