2 1/2 years old

Making a Rocket Ship


You know when you get a box and you just can't bear to throw it away (or recycle it) because it's just meant to be something else?  Well, when I saw this box I immediately knew that it had to be a rocket ship.  It's a cylindrical box that lifts open, and I know that Ethan will love opening and closing it to put little people in.  Of course he would have been happy to play with it as it, but I wanted to decorate it.  I knew that I needed to make it quite robust though, so that he could play with it and not worry that bits would be falling off.  

We used lolly sticks / popsicle sticks to go around the rocket ship.  They're colourful and fun, but should also stay on quite securely if we use enough glue.  It's a great exercise for Ethan in spreading the glue along each stick and placing it alongside the other sticks.  It look a great deal of focus and concentration, but he was very committed and patient.

About half way through sticking on the sticks, Ethan suddenly decided that the rocket needed a door!  Why didn't I think of that?  I love that he's really starting to take part in the creating and planning aspect of our projects.  So we looked through our art drawers and decided to make the door out of card and use markers to decorate it.  We drew the window and the handle together, and then he coloured the rest.  When the lolly sticks were all in place, we talked about how to make the top of the rocket.  He said he wanted it to go really high, so looking through our art drawers again, we chose a green foam sheet for the top.  I cut in into a circle shape, then cut a slit halfway up to make a cone shape.  I don't think that it was quite tall enough for Ethan's liking, but it will do.  Then we glued it on together, and Ethan found some stickers to decorate it with.  Maybe not our most impressive looking craft, but I love that Ethan did most of it himself, and that he'll be able to properly play with it now, and fly his toys off to the moon!

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  1. Ah this is such a cute and clever idea. I am going to share it with my friend, her boy is space mad and they love to do crafts together. x

  2. Thanks Katie, little boys do love the idea of space ships don't they :)


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