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Rocket Ship Activities for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of preschool rocket ship activities with text: Rocket Ship Preschool Ideas

This week we're Exploring Space with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and today's topic is Rocket Ship!


The preschoolers had a blast pretending to be rocket ships, counting down with friends, making rocket ship twirlers, and of course, playing in our rocket ship dramatic play center!

rocket ship dramatic play center made from aluminum foil

During circle time, we invited the children to pretend they are flying rocket ships. One by one, we called their names and encouraged them to "land" back at the circle.


After that, we did a fun Countdown with Friends activity, which meant working together to construct a rocket ship from boxes and then taking turns sitting inside.


Each day, Experience Early Learning includes a "Community Challenge" that's perfect for working on social relationships and communication skills, which are both important skills for preschoolers to master.

rocket ship made from cardboard box and blocks

At the beginning of our space theme, one of our wonderful teachers put together a rocket ship using aluminum foil in the dramatic play center and the children have had lots of fun pretending to be astronauts.


And of course, no rocket ship lesson would be complete without practicing how to countdown from 10 to "Blast off!"

preschooler coloring paper rocket ship with markers

Today's Make & Play activity continued to build on these skills by making a Rocket Ship Twirler and encouraging the children to count down from ten to zero and then pretend to launch their rockets.

group of preschoolers making paper rocket ship crafts

Each day's lesson also includes a math activity and today's went right along with our theme. The children used patterned blocks to make rocket ships and made up stories about them.

preschooler using pattern blocks to make rocket ships on design card

We've had so much fun with our preschool space theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).


Don't forget to check back to see what we're up to with our "Ocean Dive" thematic study next month!

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