it's been all about rockets, astronouts, the planets and stars over here for the past few weeks. once again, i searched my favourite resource pinterest for crafts and activities fitting the current interest. i found a cute tutorial for a painted plastic bottle rocket, but we decided to go for a quicker alternative, namely using duct tape and wrapping it around the bottle. it helped with attaching the stands too, and for the tip of the rocket we used double sided tape.
on the second photo you can see our "boosters" made from toilet paper rolls and how we attached them to the body of the rocket using velcro strips. we learned from one of the DVD's we rented from the library that these boosters contain fuel, and that once they are empty and no longer needed (when the rocket is flying in the earth's orbit) they are thrown off into space. to realistically recreate this we needed boosters that could be easily attached and detached again and again, hence the velcro!
this is a craft that i also found on pinterest and it is originally from here. we used very thick and sturdy cardboard for this project and even screws and nuts instead of brads, just to make the whole thing more robust. of course, the model is not in proportion, but it is perfect for explaining night and day, half moon and full moon and the likes.
we brought several outer space themed books from the library, but one by Benjamin Becue is our favourite. i didn't find it in english, but here is a link to the spanish version with an english description: El Espacio al Dedillo. it works with varied textures, glow in the dark and more, we loved it!
a week turned into weeks, and outer space, planets, the universe, stars, astronauts and rockets are still very much a topic around theses parts and which i think is wonderful! ***