Create a furniture-rocket, discover a new planet and make a new friend in this Family Activity! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog
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In The Way Back Home
, The Boy flies all the way to outer space using his bed as an airplane. In this activity, invent your own furniture-mobile and fly all the way to the moon!
Paper, crayons/markers, a flashlight
Choose a piece of furniture in your house that you would use to fly to the moon (maybe your bed? Your chair? Your pillow?) and name your spacecraft.
After you choose your spacecraft, turn off the lights as outer space is very dark. Grab your flashlight, a grown-up and get ready to fly to the moon on your furniture-rocket!
Pretend you're flying and imagine all the sounds you may hear. Try to use only sound effects (no talking!) on your way there. Use your flashlight to find your way. Shine it on different things in the room and pretend they're flying through space.
- What sound does your spacecraft make as it blasts off? Is it a loud motor? Does it make a whistling noise?
- As you leave Earth and enter outer space, what does it sound like? Is it quiet? Is it loud?
- Woah! A shooting star just whizzed past you—what did that sound like?
- You're making a turn around the Sun to get a full view of our solar system—can you hear noises from faraway planets?
You finally made it to the Moon! Explore the ground.
- What does it feel like when you walk on the Moon? Can you float? Can you jump?
- What colors do you see in this new place?
- Imagine what you see when you look at the sky from the Moon. Can you see the Earth?
Did you know that outer space is so big, we don't even know how big it is? In this activity, be your own space explorer and discover a brand new planet in outer space.
Downloadable template, crayons/markers
Use these questions to start a conversation about planets:
- What is a planet?
- Are all planets the same? What makes them different?
- Which planet do humans live on?
- Are there other creatures that live on other planets?
If you don't know the answers, do the research together to figure it out. Go on the internet and look up pictures of space and planets!
Download and print this worksheet.
Take your furniture-rocket (from the previous activity) and travel to your new planet!
If you were traveling on a big trip to outer space, you wouldn't want to do it alone! Make a creature that you think would live on the planet you just discovered.
Two paper plates, clear tape, scissors, stapler, clear plastic cup, paper, crayons/markers
Step One: Trace your plastic cup on the piece of paper to get a sense of how big you should make your alien. Draw an alien inside of the shape and cut it out.
Step Two: Design and decorate your alien. Make sure to do both sides!
Now it's time to make your spaceship. Put two paper plates on top of each other with their edges touching and staple them together. Using scissors, cut a slit in the top of your spaceship.
Step Four: Slip your alien into the slit and secure it with tape. Then, decorate your ship!
Step Five: Put four small pieces of clear tape on the bottom of the plastic cup. Secure the plastic cup to the top of the spaceship on top of the alien.
Step Six: Take your spaceship on a flight! Where can it land?
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, Arts Express and Talk-Backs!
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