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There’s No Place Like Space! Art Activity

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

“I’m the Cat in the Hat, and we’re off to have fun. We’ll visit the planets, the stars, and the sun!” These are the captivating first words of the book There’s No Place Like Space!. Written by Tish Rabe and beautifully illustrated by Aristides Ruiz, this wonderful book takes children on an exciting ride through the solar system, and teaches important basic concepts about space.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

After being introduced to this book, preschoolers will enjoy making their own “planets”. Have students place cut up or torn pieces of bleeding tissue paper onto white construction paper circles. Instruct them to wet the tissue with a water filled spray bottle (supervision is important here). Once the tissue is sufficiently wet, gently remove and allow the “planets” to dry.

This activity encourages creative expression. The children love to choose their colors, and always get excited when they see the beautiful and varied works of art they have created. In addition, using a spray bottle improves fine motor skills and helps to build strength in small hands and fingers. Finally, cutting skills can be practiced, by encouraging the children (who wish to do so) to cut out their own circles.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

Note: This revised edition of the book includes a glossary of space terms and excludes mention of Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet.

MATERIALS USED:

– White construction paper
Bleeding tissue paper in a variety of colors
– Spray bottles filled with water
Our free circle template



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Outer Space Collaborative Collage

outer space collaborative collage

Once or twice a year I like to have my students work together to create a class collage to display in the classroom. The children really enjoy expressing themselves. Rarely do I have anyone turn down the chance to participate.

This outer space collaboration turned out to be a creative and fun experience for everyone. I provided a large, curved piece of Styrofoam that had been spray painted black and quickly sprinkled with a dusting of glitter. I also provided a tray full of sparkly decorative items. I found glitter foam at Walmart that made perfect stars and moons. Plain foil stars also work well. My students were drawn to the various materials, and loved choosing which ones they wanted to use.

outer space collaborative collage

This collage turned out to be 3D, but you can use poster board or cardboard and a variety of collage materials of your choice. Some may choose all the materials you provide, while others will use very few.

outer space collaborative collage

This open-ended activity provides the children with an opportunity to use their imaginations, express their creativity, and practice decision making. Additionally, when working collaboratively to create a piece of art, the children develop social skills and learn to work interactively.

MATERIALS USED:

– A large piece of Styrofoam or other material
– Spray paint
– Glitter
– Glue
– Pom poms (glitter and regular)
Sequins
Sparkly fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
– Moon and star stickers
Acrylic jewels
Our star template



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Happy, Healthy Me Math and Literacy Activities

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

This Happy, Healthy Me! Math and Literacy activities pack contains printable activities that promote healthy food and happy teeth. Students will practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Graphing
– Classification
– Patterning
– Quantity comparison
– Association
– Sequencing
– Writing
– Beginning sounds
– Visual discrimination
– Language/Dictation
– Science
– Social-emotional

HAPPY TEETH FRAME COUNTING CARDS (10)

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will place a numbered group of items on its corresponding card. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.).

TOOTH FAIRY COUNT AND CLIP CARDS (10)

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Students will count each set of teeth and clip its corresponding number with a clothespin. To make this activity extra fun, decorate the clothes pins with glitter and foam star stickers, so that children will have their own sparkly tooth fairy wands!

HEALTHY FOOD BINGO MATS (4) AND DRAW CARDS (25)

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide a small manipulative for children to use as bingo markers. Five in a row (horizontally, vertically, diagonally) equals BINGO! While playing, be sure to facilitate discussion about each healthy food shown.

HAPPY TEETH WORKSHEETS (4)

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

Healthy Teeth – Graphing – Instruct children to count one group of items at a time and to color the corresponding boxes. Students can then count the colored squares again, and write the numbers. Discuss which items there are more of and which there are less of.

Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth – Classification – Prompt young learners to study the pictures and determine which foods make for a happy tooth and which make for a sad tooth. Children can then cut, sort, and glue the items on their appropriate spaces.

How to Brush Your Teeth – Sequencing – Children will cut out the pictures and work to put them order. Once the pictures are properly sequenced, they may be glued and colored. Depending on the child’s ability, only three cards may be used.

Writing Prompt – “I brush my teeth because…” – Children will dictate their responses to teachers and draw a picture. Older children may copy their responses onto their papers, while some may even be able to write some of their own words.

HEALTHY FOOD WORKSHEETS (4)

happy healthy me math and literacy activities

Healthy Food – Patterning – Have children cut and glue to complete the patterns. Discuss the patterns, and encourage young learners to describe and identify them.

Fill Your Plates – Number Quantity – Children will cut out the pictures, count each set, and glue to match the numbers.

Yummy Foods – Beginning Sounds – Students will color the picture of the matching sound.

Writing Prompt – “I eat healthy food because…” – Children will dictate their responses to teachers and draw a picture. Older children may copy their responses onto their papers, while some may even be able to write some of their own words.

downloadGet this Happy, Healthy Me! Math and Literacy pack.



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