Stars: Set out star cookie cutters and pour white tempera paint over flat sponges placed in shallow pans. Have your children press the cookie cutters onto the sponges and print white stars on pieces of black construction paper.
Moonscapes: Give your children large handfuls of playdough to roll and pat into thick circles for moons. Show them how to poke craters into their moons by using their fingertips. If desired, give each child a toothpick American flag to stick into his or her moonscape.
Constellations: Display pictures of constellations and discuss them with your group. Give each of the children several white or silver star stickers to attach to black paper. Then have them use white crayons or chalk to draw lines connecting their stars to create their own constellations.
SPACE PICTURES  (Art/Language)
Set out a variety of art materials and invite your children to create pictures of outer space. When they have finished, give each child a spaceship sticker to attach to his or her picture. Encourage the children to show and tell about their pictures with the group.
STAR GAMES  (Sizes/Colors/Numbers)

Cut several different sizes of stars out of white or yellow posterboard. Let your children take turns arranging the stars from smallest to largest or from largest to smallest.
Cut stars out of red, yellow, and blue posterboard. Mix up the stars and place them in a box. Then have the children sort the stars by color into three piles.
Cut pairs of stars from white or yellow posterboard. On one star in each pair, write a numeral and on the other star, draw a corresponding number of dots. Mix up the stars and invite the children to find the match-ups.
PLANET GAMES  (Science/Numbers/Movement)
Display pictures of the planets in their relationship to the sun. Name the nine planets and count them with your group. (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
Hang a yellow paper sun from the ceiling. Make planets with balls of newspaper covered with aluminum foil. Hang the planets in their proper relationship to the sun.
 Review the number nine by doing such things as these nine times: clapping, nodding, toe tapping, hopping, and drumming.
Choose one child to be the sun and stand in an open space. Then have other children pretend to be planets and walk around the sun in circles, or orbits, never bumping into one another. Continue as long as interest lasts.
SPACE CELEBRATIONS  (Language/Art/Science)

Japanese Star Festival—July 7th: Check the Internet for information about Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival. Let your children celebrate by dictating wishes for you to write on strips of paper to hang outdoors on branches.
Moon Day—July 20th: Have your children celebrate the first moon landing by giving them stencils of a new moon, a half-moon, and a full moon to trace around on pieces of paper.
Perseid Meteor Showers—August 9th – 13th: Send a note home encouraging parents to view this shooting star show after dark with their children.
ASTRONAUT FUN  (Art/Dramatic Play/Movement)
Display pictures of astronauts at work. Make an astronaut helmet for each child by cutting a hole in the side of a paper bag. Let the child decorate the bag as desired before putting it over his or her head and looking out through the hole.
Set out white overalls, long-sleeved white shirts, and white shoes, socks, and gloves for your children to use as space suits.
Ask the “astronauts” to crouch down near the floor. Together, shout: “10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF!” Then have them raise their arms over their heads and jump up as if heading off into the sky.
For a non-gravity space walk, play music and invite the children to “float” around the room, using slow arm and leg movements.

Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”

I love to ride in my spaceship.
I love to sail through the stars.
I love to see all the planets,
Like Jupiter, Venus, and Mars.
Sailing, Sailing,
I love to sail through the stars, stars, stars,
Seeing planets
Like Jupiter, Venus, and Mars.
                               Liz Ryerson

Additional Space Songs - can be found at the Music Station

SPACE SNACKS  (Food Preparation)
Make space sugar cookies using a star cookie cutter, a crescent moon cookie cutter, and several sizes of round cookie cutters (for planets). Invite your children to decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles.