This space playdough tray makes for a great invitation to play for preschoolers. It was a major hit during our space theme, and my son begged me to bring it out several times throughout our study!
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If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know I’m a big believer in play-based learning. In all of the units I create, I keep play at the forefront of my mind, with some being open-ended, and others having a specific goal in mind.
In most of our units, I include an invitation to play tray, usually featuring playdough. Naturally, I wanted to make an open-ended space tray for our space unit, and as always, my son loved it!
He’s now so used to these trays, that he knows exactly what’s going on when I bring them out. He asks me to sit with him and roll out the playdough using a rolling pin so he can create various scenes and games.
For this playdough tray, he made scenes of the space sky, with the glass gems representing stars, and the planets representing…well, planets!
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR SPACE THEME:
- Check out my Space Unit here. (Use code SPACE25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 25 Space Activities for your Preschooler’s Space theme!
- Here’s a list of Space Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- Here are 25 Space Crafts for your Preschooler
- Here’s a list of 16 Fun & Delicious Space-Themed Snacks for your Kids
- Here are some fun Space Facts for Kids
- Solar System in Motion Song for Preschoolers
Space Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Planet Suncatchers
- Planet Puppets Printable
- Fizzing Planets
- Moon Rock Exploration (with Printable Worksheet)
- Asteroid Toss Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- I-Spy Space Busy Bag (with Printable)
- Rocket Name Building Activity
- Edible Constellations Activity
- Space Sensory Bin
- Solar System Match Worksheet Set
- Paper Plate Planets Craft
- What Makes Night Science Exploration
- Moon Observation Journal Astronomy Study for Kids
- Telescope Craft for Preschoolers
- Moon Phases Oreo Worksheet for Preschoolers
- Smash the Moon Rocks Activity
- Space Coloring Book for Preschoolers
- Astronaut Dramatic Play Station (+ Printable Bundle)
Space Playdough Invitation to Play Tray
In our Space Playdough Tray:
- Black, red, and white playdough
- Jingle bells
- Black beans
- Aquarium Rocks
- Clear and blue glass gems
- Plastic planets
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