We were starting back from Christmas break with a space theme, which goes along well with our Bible lesson about the three kings following the star. Then, on top of the crazy cold weather, we had a glancing blow from that super storm which resulted in a two day week. Not much time for space. I will be giving the kids one last day to play with a few things on Monday before moving on, however.
You can see our space theme sensory bin above. I used black beans as the base. I also included some glow in the dark stars of various sizes as well as the space themed tube. I have included links to similar items below. I get a small commission if you order through my link. I picked up the space tube at Michaels or ACMoore and I am unsure where the stars came from since my director picked them up. I know our pack did not have as many as the example I found online, but they look like the same kind.
So it was the first day back after Christmas break and we had snow dough on the art table and space sand on the writing table. They are nowhere near each other, but near the end of the day I found snow dough in the space sand. I picked out the big pieces and decided the rest were stars. See what we were doing with it below.
I found the cards for this activity at Homeschool Creations. The black sand I found at a dollar store as well as the metal pan. If you do not see black sand at your local dollar store, you can also try your craft store. The smallest size container I see through Amazon is here. I have also heard of people dying sand, but my experience has not been successful at this point.
Above you can see a quick phone shot of one of my questions for this space theme week. It was interesting to see that not every kid thought they would like to live in the space station. Maybe if I had put “visit” the answers would have been different.
Below you can find a few of the items in my shop that I used in my class for my space theme. Please don’t laugh at the cover to my space word wall; it is the very first item I listed for sale in my shop and I no longer have an editable file because my computer crashed shortly afterwards. I am quite disappointed that we did not have time to play my space path game and will figure out some other time to pull it out soon.