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Space Rocket Shapes

This is a fun activity to get your child interested and learning more about shapes while exploring rockets! Your child will be exploring so many skills in this simple activity of cutting and gluing shapes to create their very own rocket ship.

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Get ready, get set, blastoff!

This is a great way to talk about shapes with your child along with increasing their knowledge about rockets. Have your child help you collect the materials needed and set them up in a place with little distractions. Draw some shapes for them to cut out and then glue them down arranged to look like a rocket. Your child will probably want to create more than one, so encourage them to get extra creative!

✂️ So much to learn: Increase their knowledge of shapes by introducing new ones or variations like equilateral and scalene triangles. 

📚 Books to explore: Roaring Rockets By Tony Mitton, On the Launch Pad by Derrick Alderman, and Edward Built a Rocketship by Michael Rack.

🔢 Count your findings: Have your child count how many different shapes they use to make their rocket.


For this activity you will need:


Glue stick 


Colored paper

Learning Outcomes




Understanding two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes


Recognizing and naming shapes


Step 1:

On colored paper, draw out some squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. Use as many different colors as you have available.

Step 2:

Have your child cut out the shapes and arrange them to look like a rocket. Have a picture of a rocket nearby for them to use as a reference if they are feeling stuck.

Step 3:

Glue the shapes down.

Step 4:

Blast off! 

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have them draw the shapes they want and encourage them to make different types of rockets using a variety of shapes.  

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Pre-cut the shapes and use less to make it more simple. Your child will look to you for lots of direction.

Playful Questions

What shapes do you know? 

What shapes should we use? 

How many colors are you using? 

Where does a rocket go?

Why do rockets go to space?

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