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Blast-off Helmets

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  • Paper grocery bags
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Plastic hosing, optional
  • Decorating odds and ends such as sequins, buttons, bottle caps, scraps of paper, foil, wallpaper, and fabric

What to do

1. Ahead of time, cut the top 5" (13 cm) off the bag, then cut openings for arms on the sides and a circle in the front for the face.
2. Attach a piece of plastic hosing through a small hole in the back of the helmet, if desired.
3. Invite the children to decorate their space helmet with the crayons, markers, and decorating odds and ends.

More to do

Dramatic play

Have the children act out the first lunar landing.

More art

Make a vest from another paper bag and decorate it as a spacesuit. Create a mural of the lunar landscape. Make alien creatures from pipe cleaners, bead pompoms, and googly eyes.

Related books

  • Big Silver Space Shuttle by Ken Wilson Max
  • Floating Home by David Getz
  • Grandpa Takes Me to the Moon by Timothy R. Gaffney
  • I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton
  • I Want to Be a Space Pilot by Carla Greene
  • Moon Horse by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Richie’s Rocket by Joan Anderson
  • Space Alphabet by Irene Zacks
  • What Next, Baby Bear! by Jill Murphy
  • Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner
Topic: Clothes
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Cognitive
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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