R was 18 months old at the time of this activity
Mad About Rockets, Stars and Outer Space by Sarah Creese – Mad About Rockets, Stars and Outer Space is a fantastic nonfiction book about all things space. There are tons of facts, labelled diagrams, a search and find page and a clue and question page. You also get some bonus stickers with this book!
1. Outer Space Play Dough
I cooked up some outer space play dough and added tons of course and fine glitter to it (to my husband’s dismay!) to give it the look of a star-filled galaxy. The glitter also adds a textured feel to the extremely soft play dough. I invited R to enjoy this sensory activity by presenting the play dough in a metal cake tin with glow-in-the-dark stars and astronauts. To stimulate her senses further, I added vanilla to the dough. R had so much fun with this activity! During the play, we sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” together and she joyfully played for an hour!
To encourage language development, we practiced using the word star as R placed the starts into the dough. I pointed to and named each astronaut and R just listened as she is still unable to say this new vocabulary word. After the initial introduction to the play dough, I allowed her to play as she pleased with only a few interruptions from me that involved adding more language to her play.