Celebrate Space Week by crafting handmade Rocketships for exploring the galaxy with your little stars!
What better way of spending quality time with your children than getting crafty and creating something colorful! Have fun with your little ones and rocket die cut shapes that can be used for creative play storytelling and learning all about space.
The benefits of creative play
Alongside Science, Technology, English, and Maths, Art and Crafts (STEM) are key in a child's learning and development. Creative expression is important to a child's imagination and individuality, being able to express themselves through different materials and mediums builds children's confidence and allows them to explore the world around them.
5 reasons why creativity is important to children's development
1. Improves fine motor skills
Holding and using different tools like pencils, scissors and paintbrushes as well as activities such as cutting or tearing paper, smudging with crayons and chalks, and moulding clay and plasticine are ways of improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
2. Grows self-confidence
When children handmake something special whether with family or friends at school, it promotes self-confidence, a can-do attitude.
3. Builds concentration skills
Arts and crafts like coloring or cutting materials allow children the time to focus, building on their concentration skills. An important development skill useful as children continue to learn. As a calming activity arts and crafts can also promote mindfulness in children.
Children who explore their creativity are more open to exploring new ideas and promotes out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving in our areas, like in school.
5. It's fun!
Spending quality time together with family or friends exploring arts and crafts is so much fun! Creative play away from screens is a great way to connect with your little ones.
How to make a Rocket for crafting with kids
Children learn when they're having fun, and we've got the perfect fun craft idea to help your little ones learn about space!
You will need:
- Sizzix Big Shot machine
- Sizzix Bigz L Die - Space Rocket
- Cardstock of choice
- Colored pencils, crayons or paints
How to make
1. First die cut all the pieces required to create your childs rocket, stars and planets. Use different colored cardstock to highlight different parts of the rockets or white cardstock if you intend for your child to color the pieces.
2. Provide your child with pencils, crayons or paints to color their planets. This is a great opportunity to teach your child about the different planets in the solar system. Or even to recall colors and practice counting during a fun activity.
3. Next help your child glue together the pieces of their rocket, just like a fun puzzle. This is a great way of using creativity to aid in your childs development.
4. To personalize your child's rocket, add a picture of them into the aperture and get ready to blast off!
Looking for more ideas?
The Rocket die from Sizzix is a Bigz so it can cut a range of materials, including cardstock, material, felt, cork, vellum and so much more! Making it perfect for embellishing cushion and quilts for the perfect space themes kids room, or even cutting out of stencil film to create your own stencils for walls and other furniture.
Still want more inspiration? Find more kids art and craft ideas on the Sizzix website where there are more die shapes to explore for crafting with kids, from cute animals to festive designs. Blast off to the Kids Craft hub now.
*Please note all die-cutting machines and dies must be operated by an adult.