Inside: Find out how to make a shiny rocket craft for kids, plus get some children’s book suggestions to go with it.
My daughter has been infatuated with space this year. With that in mind, I wanted to think up a rocket craft she’d love.
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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.
The solution involved a little advance prep with one of my favorite craft supplies – spray glue.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. If you’re going to make a rocket craft for kids, you need a picture book partner!
Rocket Books for Your Rocket Craft
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 Amazon.com.)
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.
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 for Kids – Instructions
This rocket collage is really easy, but it does need a little prep ahead of time — far enough ahead that the spray glue can dry.
- Printout of this rocket craft template (or another one you like)
- Aluminum foil
- Spray Adhesive (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond)
- Newspaper or other surface protector (for spraying the glue)
- Permanent markers in several colors, or acrylic paint
- Paint shirt or smock
- Star-shaped craft punch (optional)
- School glue
- Black paper
- Red tissue paper
Depending on the age and abilities of your kids, you can prepare the rocket in advance up through steps 2, 3, or 4.
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.
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 ballpoint 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. We did it both ways. It’s fun to paint on the foil, but the paint dries matte rather than shiny. Permanent markers show the shiny foil underneath, so they’re my top pick.
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. Or, you could use streamers like in these cute puffy paint rockets
8. Assemble your rocket and star collage, and glue it onto black paper.
I hope this rocket craft for kids 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.