12 Space Projects for Young Cosmonauts

Space. The final frontier. The place every billionaire wants to be! Your child may not be old enough to hitch a ride on Elon Musk's Starship quite yet, but there are still plenty of ways to explore the galaxy's mysteries right here on Earth. If your child dreams of walking on mars or making first contact with aliens, then this list of space age activities is for them! Get started in T-minus three... two... one...

  • Visual aid of how to complete Jet Pack Costume
    Jet Pack Costume

    (Ages 5-11)

    Turn your little one into an astronaut ready to blast off with this simple DIY costume.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pressure Bottle Rocket

    Water squirters work by pressurizing reservoirs of water with air. As you pump the squirter, it gradually adds air to the reservoir, increasing the pressure. When you pull the trigger, the pressure is allowed to release and a stream of water shoots out!

    In this DIY project, we'll learn how to use the exact sample principles found in water squirters to launch a water rocket sky-high! Follow along with these simple steps and you'll be blasting off in no time.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Make Your Own Quadrant

    With this simple device, you can measure the motion of the stars!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom-Pom Solar System

    Learn more about the planets in our solar system with this charming pom-pom mobile! A perfect DIY gift for the babies (or space-loving grownups) in your life.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Space Banner
    Space Banner

    (Ages 9+)

    Give your walls an out-of-this-world accent with a space banner!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Clay Rocket
    Clay Rocket

    (Ages 9-16)

    Become a rocket scientist by building your own clay rocket with air dry clay and an old toilet paper tube!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Recycled Space Ship

    Blast off with this space ship made from recycled materials!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Glow-in-the-Dark Constellation Cards

    Learning about the stars and constellations is fun. But you know what makes it more fun? Glow in the dark paint! My kids made these easy constellation cards, then hung them up in their rooms at night and watched them glow.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Starry Night Constellations

    View constellations on your wall or ceiling any time of day or night!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Spinning Space Orrery

    For a long, long time, people thought that the Sun and all of the other planets revolved around the Earth. This was called the geocentric, or Earth-centered, model of the solar system. Of course, now we know that the Sun is the center of the solar system, not the Earth - the solar system is actually heliocentric, or Sun-centered.

    But the geocentric and heliocentric models had something in common - astronomers used orreries to study them! An orrery is a mechanical model of the motion of the planets in our solar system. Try making your own orrery by downloading the printable here!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Galactic Art
    Galactic Art

    (Ages 3-8)

    A toothbrush (yes, a toothbrush!) is the secret to these imaginary galaxies. Add your own black holes, planets, rockets, or alien spaceships!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Moon Crater Experiment

    When you look up at the moon at night, it often looks like there are some grey areas and some white areas on the surface. The grey areas are called craters. Have you ever wondered how the moon's craters are formed? If the answer is yes, then this experiment is just right for you. Make your own moon surface with flour and oil and then drop meteorites (small rocks and pebbles) from varying heights to create your own craters!

Get inspired!