Working with materials Journey into space Starting points
The children were interested in rockets and space after a small group of them read a book together about space without adult intervention. We wanted to build on their interest – ‘Shall we make a spaceship? YES!!’
• a small quite empty space (a cupboard, tent or under a table etc. can also work)
• our button making materials were sticky back plastic offcuts from a scrap store – you could also use cut out paper or plastic bottle tops and blu-tack (in either case, check that it doesn’t take the paint of the walls!!)
• coloured acetate – can be bought as sheet material, or saved from packaging and sweet wrappers
• pens and paper • torches
Ideas for further exploration...
• the space idea came from the children’s interest in a book. The same resources could be used to create other environments that they are interested in exploring.