After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!
We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.
We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!
Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!
In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?
Then we put the martian in the block area and tried to build steps up to the martian.
We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.
We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.
Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.
We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.
We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!
We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.
We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?
Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)
Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)
When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)
Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?
Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.
Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!