This name rocket craft is great for children learning to recognize their names. It's also great if they have begun showing interest in space. It can become part of a science lesson for preschoolers or used at home to make learning fun.
Enjoy teaching your children all about the different planets and how we travel to them by rockets – starting with this rocket ship paper craft!
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How to make a name rocket ship name craft
This basic paper craft just needs 5 materials. You probably have most of them in your art supplies already. Also, add some star stickers for a more “outer space” feel!
Rocket Name Craft
Click the above images to get the products you see (these will take you to Amazon), I added gel markers because they show up SUPER WELL on construction paper, and I added foil paper. This can be fun for the flames on the bottom, or you can use it to add stars to your background!
- Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
- Large Black Paper
- Foil Star Stickers (Optional)
Start by cutting squares from construction paper. Write one letter of your child's name on each.
Cut out a triangle for the top of your rocket and flames for the bottom.
Lay out the pieces to determine how long of a piece of black paper you need. Longer names may need a longer background, or smaller squares, to fit properly.
Glue all the pieces of paper to the black paper, to look like a rocket ship.
Add foil star stickers around the rocket to show stars in the background.
How do you make a rocket out of construction paper
Your child's name will be the basis of your rocket. Each letter will be on a square of paper. So the length of the rocket will differ between the kids with longer or shorter names.
Also, you will need to add a triangle at the top and flames to the bottom of the rocket, so it looks like it's blasting into space. Once you glue it all together, you have a cute little rocket ship, flying through the star-filled sky.
If you will be doing most of the prep work (cutting, writing letters, etc) you can do that beforehand so the kids are ready to go once they sit down. They can just work on arranging the letters and gluing everything in place.
Space Name Craft for Preschoolers
The great thing about this craft is that you can let your kids be as involved as they want to be. Letting them cut out the squares and other shapes fosters cutting and fine motor skills.
They can also practice writing by putting each letter of their name on the different squares. If you write their name on the squares, mix them up and let them practice lining up the squares in the right order to spell their name.
You can adapt this craft to your child's individual development. Do as little – or as much – as you need to in order to guide them through the space activity.
Space Themed Literacy Centers
A literacy center filled with the best space books and other activities is great for young children. You are fostering a love for outer space at an early age. Plus, you are offering them an interesting topic that will make them want to dig into the literacy activities in the center.
Include this name rocket craft into the center if you can, so they also be learning fine motor skills, cutting skills, and name and letter recognition.
Other activities you can include in a space literacy center include counting stars, identifying the different planets and placing them in the correct order (remember “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles” as a way to remember the right order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
Benefits of learning about space for preschoolers
Fostering an interest in space early on in education is great for a number of reasons. Children are naturally curious about things, and it's likely they will begin asking about the stars in the night sky at an early age.
Take this opportunity to teach them about planet Earth and the solar system as well as the sun, moon, and stars. As they get into elementary grades, they will be learning the names of the planets and the phases of the moon. If you've already got them interested in space, they will be starting science lessons off on the right foot!
Learning about space in preschool also helps foster other important skills. For example, your child can support color recognition by looking at each of the planets in the solar system.
They can also count the planets and refer to them by number as well as name (or until they learn the names). Knowing there is a specific order to the planets supports the concept of ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc).
How to Create a Name Space Ship Step by Step Guide
- Cut squares out of construction paper
- Write one letter of your child's name on each square--we alternated dark and light blue on our rocket ship because blue is my son's favorite color. You can change this for your child!
- Cut a triangle out for the top of your rocket, and triangles for the flames on the bottom of your rocket
- Lay out the pieces to see how long of a black background you need, and cut the paper accordingly. If you have a sheet instead of a roll, you can make the squares a little smaller to fit nicely. It's okay if the flames run off the paper
- Scramble the letters, and give them to your child, and show them how to create the rocket ship.
- Working together, assemble your name rocket, and glue the pieces down
- Add foil star stickers around the rocket to show stars in the background.
There are so many variations you can add to this craft. A few would be different colored paper, or even creating your own space background with salt or sand glued to the paper.
If your child struggles to put their name together in the right order, write their name on a piece of paper that they can refer back to.
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