These three space themed activities focusing on asteroids are sure to be a hit with your toddler! Easy for you to put together and excellent fine and gross motor practice for the littles to enjoy in an afternoon!
Materials to Create Asteroids
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• Plastic Easter Eggs
• Space Themed Cards (free to print when you sign up for Mama of Littles newsletter through the link at the bottom of post!) *these are only used in Activity #3 but need to be placed inside the eggs before you wrap them
I made the asteroids for the littles by placing a space themed card inside the plastic Easter egg and then wrapping each egg in foil. Super easy. This took less than 10 minutes to put together.
Activity #1: Asteroid Toss
We used our pretend play space shuttle for this activity but as most won’t have this on hand, I recommend using an open box (or even several boxes) on the floor. The point of this game was to practice the Littles gross motor skills of aiming and throwing. They were to throw the asteroids into the window of the space shuttle. They tried quite a few times but this was probably a bit over their skill level (each toddler is different!) and so both ended up running them up much closer to the hole and tossing them in from there.
Activity #2: Asteroid “Cold” Potato
This game was our version of hot potato, since asteroids are very cold (too cold to touch). We used kitchen utensils to scoop the asteroids up and toss them into the window of our space shuttle. Again, an open box would work just fine!
This was a great activity to build up some gross and fine motor skills because the Littles not only had to scoop the asteroid and keep it in their spoon (fine motor), they also had to race it down to toss into the hole (gross motor).
Activity #3: Asteroid Unravel
This was by far the Littles favorite game, mainly because it was like Christmas unwrapping each foil covered egg to find out what was inside. The excitement that ensued once they got it out was so fun. And it was a great way to reinforce the space vocabulary that we are working to learn such as space shuttle, astronaut, etc.
I printed two copies of the space themed matching activity worksheet and cut them on the gray lines. Then I folded and placed them in the eggs. The Littles not only had to use their fine motor skills to unravel the foil but also to open the folded paper inside. They then used their matching skills to find the match for each sun, moon, satellite, etc.
You could easily take this activity and make it your own with snacks inside or any little treasure! It certainly kept my littles busy and in one place for some time as they worked to unravel each egg and I will definitely be using this in other ways in the future!
I love that these activities need little to no materials and provide lots of fun for toddlers that you can both participate in or hand them to work on while you need to cook dinner or fold a load of laundry!