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Ready to explore the stars? We’ve got the top 20 STEM space activities for kids. Learn about constellations, planets, rockets, astronauts, moon craters, nebulae, shooting stars and more. All activities are easy to set up and use things you have on hand. Perfect for a space camp, birthday party or just for fun. Click through to explore the wonders of the universe with us.
Are your kids fascinated with space? They wouldn’t be alone. It’s been 50 years since the first moon walk, but our fascination with space has not waned. The night sky and the possibility of space travel has a universal appeal for kids. It is also a great way to sneak in some STEM activities as the two go hand in hand.
Our collection of STEM space activities for kids will invite your family to explore what propels a rocket, learn about constellations, and discover our solar system. Create your own space camp with these awesome hands-on activities that will engage young minds as they explore STEM concepts through the discovery of the universe and beyond. We’re setting our sights on the stars. Are you ready to travel with us?
The Top 20 STEM space activities For Kids
Exploring The Planets and Solar system
1. Invite your kids to create beautiful planets that they can hang in their room and even enjoy at night thanks to the glow in the dark paint. Learn how to fold and slide papers to create a sphere resembling a planet. It is very cool! Glowing Paper Planets by Babble Dabble Do
2. This video shows you how to use different sized foam balls to construct a 3-D solar system. All you need is acrylic paint, a black foam board, chalk and a hot glue gun. Learn how to create texture on each planet for a more realistic look.
3. Here’s a fun way to learn about the solar system. Hide the “planets” for a scavenger hunt. Your kids must find the planets and return them to their rightful place in the solar system. What fun! Solar System Scavenger Hunt by Fun Learning For Kids
Planets For Preschoolers
4. Help preschoolers learn about planets with this coffee filter planet craft. Kids can learn more about the planets and enjoy some art and craft fun. The finished product can be used as a sun catcher. Coffee Filter Planets by Fun A Day
5. Here’s one for preschoolers. Kids will use simple art materials to create their own paper planets. Invite your children to design their own planetary works of art. Pair this activity with a recently read book on space and tailor the crafts to the story details. Torn Paper Planets by 3 Dinosaurs
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6. Invite your Kids to investigate a rocket’s trajectory with this fun squeeze bottle craft. Build a rocket with a plastic bottle and other household supplies. Then have a launch party. Launch at different angles to further extend the learning of trajectory paths. Rocket Craft And Experiment by Rain Day Mum
7. Imagine making a rocket that flies higher than a two-story house? This EPIC bottle rocket is powered by baking soda and vinegar and is sure to impress! Get the instructions at Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
8. Use a free printable to design your own rocket. When it is finished launch your rocket using straws. This is a fun way for kids to explore science! Get the printable and instructions at Buggy and Buddy.
Learning About The moon
9. Two clear plastic cups become a learning toy about moon phases. It is super easy to do and is a great hands-on way to learn about the different phases of the moon. Get detailed instructions at Moon Phases Learning Toy by Happy Tot Shelf
10. Invite your kids to learn how and why craters are formed. Magic mud modeling clay is used to shape the moon. Then the fun begins. Crash small rocks into the moon to form craters. This is a messy activity that kids love! Get the instructions at Moon Crater Craft by Gift Of Curiosity
11. Preschoolers will enjoy watching “moon rocks” fizz with this STEM chemical reaction activity. Work together to make a glittery black moon rocks from baking soda. Let the rocks harden in the freezer and squirt on vinegar to make them fizz! It never fails to impress! Get the directions at Fizzing Moon Rocks by Little Bins For Little Hands
12. Help kids learn about constellations with this geo board activity. Use loom bands, push pins and constellation cards to outline your constellations. Connect the dots! As a bonus, it is a great way to work on fine motor skills. Find out more at Constellations Activity Geo Board by School Time Snippets
13. Here’s a great way to learn about constellations. Using black card stock, cut discs to fit the flashlight head, and punch constellations into the discs. Turn the flashlight on, project onto the ceiling or wall and just switch out the discs whenever you want to project a new constellation. You’ll find complete instructions at DIY Constellation Flashlight Discs by Handmade Charlotte
14. A jar, tin foil, an LED stick-on light and a sharpie can make a great lamp that mimics constellations. It’s as easy as drawing, connecting and then punching out holes in the foil to create the constellations. Roll the foil into a jar, add the LED light, cap the jar and watch it glow! Head over to DIY Constellation Jar Lamp for details.
Discovering Galaxies, and Shooting Stars
15. Create a shooting star and learn about potential and kinetic energy. This STEM activity uses a household items to make a spinning toy. This activity may need some adult help, but it is a lot of fun! Get complete instructions at Shooting Star Spinner Toy by Teach Beside Me
16. There’s something mesmerizing about staring into the dark and glittery abyss of space. This fun tactile slime recipe brings sparkly beauty of the galaxy to life. With just a few ingredients, kids can create a glittery black mixture that twinkles when stretched. Take it a step further and add a touch of glow in the dark slime. Beautiful! Get the recipe at Glowing Galaxy Slime by The Soccer Mom Blog
17. In this video, kids learn about how clouds of gas and dust in outer space form nebulae by creating a simulation in a jar. Extend the learning by discussions on dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases.
18. Not only are these calming globes beautiful to look at but they’re easy and fun to make! Distilled water, baby oil, food coloring and glitter go into a craft globe with a sealable lid. Kids will learn that oil and water don’t mix but do make a pretty “galaxy” that looks different each time you shake the globe. Head over to DIY Galaxy Snow Globes by Figment Creative Labs
19. Use this free printable to help create these colorful popsicle stick space puppets. Kids will enjoy assembling astronauts, rockets, stars, planets and more with this hands-on paper craft. You’ll find the printable at DIY Popsicle Stick Space Puppets by Mama Cheaps
20. Make your own astronaut glove box to show kids how astronauts and scientists study moon rocks and other specimens in space. This looks like a lot of fun! You’ll find the instructions at DIY Astronaut Glove Box by Gift Of Curiosity
Are you kids fascinated by space? What space science experiments for kids have you tried? What would you add to our list? Please leave a comment below.