Space Crafts for Preschoolers: Tin Foil Moon
I have a little moon man in my house and his name is Little J. He’s 2.5 years old and is utterly obsessed with the moon. He looks for the moon in the sky both night and day (he knows already that sometimes he gets lucky and can see the moon during daylight hours). Every single night, we read a book about the moon. I’d like to thank my local library for having so many different choices! Movies, books, pictures, tv shows, you name it: He gets excited if he sees the moon. So it only made sense to come up with some space crafts for preschoolers!
How To Make Space Crafts for Preschoolers: Tin Foil Moon
This is a quick and simple dollar store craft that your kids will love. You will love it too since you probably have most of the items already in your house! It is also a great sensory craft and wonderful for fine motor skills.
What You Need
- Construction paper
- Tin foil
- Foam stickers – preferably with a space theme but you can make it work by trimming stickers from other sets
- Glue stick
Let’s Get Crafty
The first step is probably the most fun: Tear off a sheet of tin foil and let them crumple it up! If your preschooler has never played with tin foil before, I suggest keeping that roll out as they will probably want to play with a few pieces. Have them try to smooth out a piece but keep it bumpy like the surface of the moon. This is a great chance to talk about craters! You can also talk about the shape of the moon – it’s a circle so you or they will need to cut a circular shape from their smoothed-out piece of foil.
Once the moon has been cut from the foil, it’s time to experiment with glue sticks. I find it much easier for them to put the glue directly onto the paper instead of putting it onto the shape. I’m a big fan of Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Washable Glue Sticks – it dries clear but the purple hue helps them to visually understand the concept of gluing. Once there’s a nice big circle of glue on the page, have them stick down that foil.
Now it’s time for some stickers! Stars are an obvious choice but we also decided to include Saturn as the “rings” were included in our sticker set. We found that they weren’t super-sticky so I had Little J use that glue stick some more to adhere them. You can see where he went a little crazy with the glue! It’s a great learning experience though so I don’t mind in the slightest – as long as that glue stays on the paper!
He had a lot of fun making a beautiful moon. He wanted to display it proudly on our artwork wall and he talks about it every day.
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