Most kids I know are fascinated by stars, moon and sky in general. Why not use this fascination your kids already express to teach them a bit more about all the mysteries that hide up in the sky?! We collected 33 ideas to explore space through sensory play. Some of these are simple sensory bins with very few ingredients and some are more elaborate hands-on experiments that will be fun for kids to try and examine! Enjoy and have fun!
Entertain your space fan or create a new one with this Galaxy Sensory Bin complete with glow in the dark planets.
Raid your baking and junk art supplies and mix up some Outer Space Play dough for some out of this world fun.
Painting with Puffy Paint is a great way to get hands-on when learning about the Planets.
Bath time is much more interesting after you give your bathroom and bath tub a Glow in the Dark Outer Space Makeover.
Sensory Bags are perfect for little fingers to explore. Why not make your little one a Starry Sky Water Sensory Bag to play with.
Black water beads work really well alongside the brightly colored planets in this Space Water Bead Sensory Bin.
A fun Star Sensory Tub which works on color matching, as well as learning about space and shapes.
Get hands on and create some transient Van Gogh inspired art in this Starry Night Sensory Tray.
Work on letter recognition and letter sounds whilst scooping and pouring the contents of this Glowing Night-time Sensory Bin.
Find out how to make Cloud Dough glow and make some Cosmic Space Dough.
Slime is quick and easy to make and is even more fun when you add in glowing stars to make this Glow in the Dark Stars Space Slime.
Build a Sensory Space Fort for your child to explore and chill out in.
Homemade Moon Sand makes a great ingredient to add to a Space Themed Sensory Play activity.
Work on language development as you explore this extra sparkly Night Sky Sensory Bin.
Practice making marks in this Moon Dust Writing Tray.
The use of neon painted stars in this Neon Space Sensory Bin helps to take it to a whole new level of fun.
Invite your child to play with aluminum foil and watch them create a beautiful Starry Night Sky Picture.
Adding glitter to a moon dough recipe and you some super sparkly Moon Dough to play with.
Make your own DIY Glove Box to explore moon rocks like real astronauts.
A very cool science experiment to create a Galaxy in a Bottle.
This Starry Night Sensory Bin is a great tool for some hands-on maths fun.
A play dough recipe with added stretch and sparkle is perfect to create a Night Sky on.
Mix up some moon dust and make some moon rocks and enjoy hands-on learning fun with this Outer Space Sensory Bin.
Create your own Galaxy in a Jar.
This stunning Galaxy Oobleck will have your kids mesmerized.
Black and neon aquarium gravel make for a cool addition to this Space themed Busy Box.
Erupting Moon Dust is so much fun for making marks in.
This Galaxy Sensory Bin can be pulled together very quickly, making it great to pull out on a rainy day.
A smooth, super stretchy and extra sparkly Galaxy Dough which your kids won’t be able to put down.
Making your own DIY Nebula Jar creates a great calming tool for your child to use.
There is lots of sparkly fun to be had with this Sparkly Star Confetti Slime.
Add some texture to your artwork with this touch and feel Eric Carle inspired Moon Art.
Enjoy some explosive fun with these Erupting Moon Rocks.
Nicola is a former Librarian who now spends her time looking after and coming up with arts and crafts ideas for her sons Liam (7), Freddie (5), and Bella (3) to do together.