With Bonfire Night over the Little Tots are really into space rockets at the moment and have been asking if we can make our own. So I decided to combine their love of all things shape and we created these space rockets with shapes pictures with added sparkle!

This is a really simple space-themed craft that took a little while to prep due to cutting out the shapes but we love the finished space rockets.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper cut into shapes (or use this easy print out from Twinkl)
  • Black card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glitter (optional)

Scissors skills isn’t something these little ones have mastered yet so I did need to cut out the shapes for them but the rockets are all their own design. We had already tried matching the shapes by laying them over the top of the a second copy of the space rocket so they all had a pretty good idea of how they wanted to design their own one.


As well as using their imaginations and creative side to create these it was also a sneaky learning activity with shape and colour recognition thrown in as well.

They each chose their own shapes and stuck them onto the black card with the glue sticks. I love how they each designed a slightly different one and they did such a great job of sticking the shapes on to the point where they actually resembled space rockets!

And of course, once they were done, we finished off with glitter and gold stars….always their favourite part of any craft activity. What is about shaking that glitter shaker that they love so much? Once dry we pinned them to our display board alongside our other firework pictures and colouring sheets.


Firework pictures

As well as using the shapes from the Twinkl printout to create these rockets I also printed out and laminated a second copy with extra shapes so we could use it for some simple shape matching.

We created similar space rockets a few years ago but this time the focus was on using the bottle tops to spell out the children’s names and making these aliens is always lots of fun.

build a space rocket with shapes fun space themed learning activity for preschoolers

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