Isn’t outer space fascinating? It’s amazing to think about where astroscience is and where it is going. Like you and me, preschoolers also find outer space interesting. My kids are constantly asking me questions about space, so to keep their enthusiasm for learning, I’ve made up some fun space theme grid games.
I have collaborated with some of the most talented kid bloggers to bring you an awesome list of outer space activities for preschoolers and elementary school students. From sensory bins to science and free space-themed printables, these activities will keep your little astronaut busy and happy. Don’t forget so check them all out at the end of this post.
Space Theme Grid Games
Grid games are simple, but effective. Not only do they teach children to count, but also how counting builds, thus teaching beginning addition concepts. The space printable I’ve put together counts to 20, which is a realistic amount for my preschoolers.
- free space counting grid game printables (found at the bottom of this post)
Begin by printing the free printable in color and on heavy cardstock. Laminate for added durability. I am always amazed at how rough my preschoolers can be on my printables, so my laminator saves me a ton of money in printing costs!
Set out a grid game and the counters and invite your preschooler to join you for space themed counting fun!
Invite your preschooler to roll the dice and identify the number. You can use a numeral dice or regular dice, or even flashcards if you don’t have a dice on hand.
Count out the corresponding number of counters and place them on the grid game. Begin by placing them at the bottom of the board and work up to the goal. Each grid game is slightly different, with a “task” to complete, such as helping the astronaut get to the moon or helping the martian get to his spaceship. When I offered this to my daughter, she insisted on counting on every grid game because she couldn’t choose just one. This was fine by me as she got lots of extra counting practice in!
Get Your Space Theme Grid Game
Looking for More Space Activities?
You won’t want to miss out on any of these other outer space activities, as your child is sure to love them! And with all these activities in one place, how easy will it be to write your preschool lesson plans when you do a space theme?!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Outer Space Bingo // Playdough to Plato
Rocket Name Puzzle// Teach Me Mommy
Space Theme Sensory Bin // Pre-K Pages
Space Counting Mats: Addition and Subtraction // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Solar System Scavenger Hunt // Mom Inspired Life
Space Themed Matching Cards // Powerful Mothering
Outer Space Pattern Block Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Google Drive Space Facts Activity // DIY Farm Wife
Stars in Space Sticky Wall // Modern Preschool
Space Theme Grid Games // Stay at Home Educator
Counting On Planet Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Aliens in Underpants Save the World // Adventures of Adam
Play Dough Constellations // Play & Learn Everyday
Solar System Bracelet // Still Playing School
Space Sensory Bin // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Space Syllables // Fairy Poppins
Space Themed Number Writing Practice // Preschool Inspirations
LOOKING FOR MORE THEME ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS?
I love teaching by theme because I get to teach an inch wide and a mile deep. This is not to say that I don’t listen what my preschoolers want to learn, but I love providing tons of activities related to a single theme so that my preschoolers can really become familiar with a specific topic.
SEE HOW I DO MY PLANNING!
I have an entire landing page dedicated to planning for preschool. You’ll find tons of other lesson planning recourses there.
OR, CHECK OUT MY THEMATIC LESSON PLANS.
They are available for purchase. (These are also available at my Teachers Pay Teachers store).
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.