How to Make an Easy Kids’ Rocket Craft That SHINES

I hope  you’re looking for a rocket craft because I’m excited to share this rocket and stars collage with you! I know you’ll love the easy technique for making shiny shape cutouts. It’s perfect for any space obsessed kid, as well as for getting kids interested in space and the solar system.


How to Make an Easy Kids' Rocket Craft that SHINES, plus 4 rocket theme picture books to go with it


My daughter has been infatuated with space this year. With that in mind, I wanted to think up an art project she would love. I was inspired by, of all things, elephants. We’d made these foil elephants with a group of kids over the summer, and loved them. We wanted to be able to use plain old kitchen foil, and we needed it to be easy to cut shapes out of it.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This craft begs for a picture book partner.


Rocket Books

Here are a few rocket theme picture books you and your kids might like. I found them all at my library. (Disclosure: Books and Giggles is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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My favorite is Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! By Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Ale Ayliffe (affiliate). It has bright and bold illustrations. It’s a primer on space exploration, with lots of alliteration and onomatopoeia (two qualities I value in children’s books ).


Rocket to the Moon by Lerryn Korda (affiliate) is an imaginative introduction to space travel. The characters build a pretend play rocket out of household items. It’s short enough for young preschoolers, yet my kindergartners love it too.


Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton and Ant Parket (affiliate) is a simple, rhyming explanation of what rockets
do and how they work, perfect for budding astronauts in the preschool set.


Where Is the Rocket? by Harriet Ziefert (affiliate), whimsically describes a rocket on a mobile. The focus is on directional words such as inside, outside, over, under, etc. The rhymes are pleasing, and I think toddlers would enjoy it. You could even zoom your foil rocket around (plus over, under, and behind) the book during a read aloud.


Rocket Craft Instructions

This project is really easy, but it does need a little prep ahead of time — at least a few hours if not overnight, so that the spray glue can dry.



  • Printout of rocket
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spray Adhesive (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond)
  • Newspaper or other surface protector (for spraying the glue)
  • Scissors
  • Permanent markers in several colors, or acrylic paint
    Paint shirt or smock for your child
  • Star shaped craft punch (optional)
  • School glue
  • Black paper
  • Red tissue paper


1. Using the spray adhesive, glue the rocket printout to a sheet of aluminum foil. Press out any creases.


2. Let the glue dry completely so you don’t gunk up your scissors.


3. Cut out the rocket. Save the scraps.


How to Make an Easy Kids' Rocket Craft that SHINES, plus 4 rocket theme picture books to go with it


4. Lay the rocket, foil side down, on a cork board or several layers of folded up newspaper. On the paper side, trace around the interior lines with a ball point pen. This will indent an impression onto the foil side, giving your child guidelines for the windows and fins.


5. Color the foil side of the rocket with permanent markers. Alternatively, you can use acrylic paint.


How to Make an Easy Kids' Rocket Craft that SHINES, plus 4 rocket theme picture books to go with it
6. Use a star shaped craft punch on the scraps to make foil stars. My girls love punching!


7. Cut out rocket flames from the red tissue paper.


8. Assemble your rocket and star collage, and glue it onto black paper.


I hope this rocket craft is as much fun for you as it was here for us. Enjoy!


Update! I have another space-themed craft up on the blog now, with a link to an even cooler one that I did as a guest post. 


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