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Math and literacy space activities for kindergarten. Have fun with these engaging centers while learning about stars and planets.

Space Math and Literacy Activities for Kindergarten with a FREEBIE

Math and literacy space activities for kindergarten. Have fun with these engaging centers while learning about stars and planets.

space activities: math and literacy spaced-themed centers for kindergarten. Have fun with these activities while learning about stars and planets.


Our students started showing an interest in space, so we decided to start an inquiry in our classroom. We planned activities, and centers based around space and we did them over 2 weeks.

During this time, we watched videos, read books and did research to learn more about, and answer questions about space. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas for your math and literacy centers during your space inquiry.

Star Sight Words

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE
Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We taped stars to our ceiling that had sight words written on them. Our students could use a ‘telescope’ (a piece of black construction paper that I rolled up and taped) to find a sight word, then they wrote it in the moon sand.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

I made the moon sand by adding some black tempera paint to salt. I mixed it really well, and let it dry overnight. The next day it was really hard, but I just had to break it up using my fingers and it was ready to go!

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

Our students loved practicing our sight words this way, and it kept them engaged for a long time.

Star Sight Word Craft

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We continued our sight word work with this literacy center. We traced a star on a yellow piece of paper, and our students cut them out. Then they added the strips of paper, and the sight word to their star. They turned out so cute and our students loved them!

If you are looking for more play-based sight word activities, check out these posts:

Spaceship Construction

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

Our small world center turned into a construction site during our space unit. Students could use the blueprint page to draw their spaceship, then try to build it using the blocks. I also had an iPad available to them so that they could take a picture of their creation.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

Our students loved this so much that we left it out for two weeks and they never seemed to get bored of it. I was inspired by this blog post from Pocket of Preschool. I also printed out pictures of their creations and put them up on the wall so that they could see what others had made.

Sensory Bin

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

Our space-themed sensory bin had black beans as the base and I added gems and balls of aluminum foil to it. The plastic balls had letters on them that they could use to spell out the sight words that were on the sticks.

To find out more about how I use sensory bins in my classroom check out this post.

Constellation Chalk Art

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

I put out constellation cards, black construction paper and chalk, and let students explore and draw. They tried recreating each of the constellations, and discussed what they noticed about the different constellations.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

I also had a small bowl of water available to them so they could try dry or wet chalk and see the difference.

Constellation Making

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We put the same constellation cards back out on a different day, this time with beads and pipe cleaners. Students tried to use these materials to recreate the constellations.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

This was a great challenge for our students, and was perfect for working on problem solving and fine motor skills.

Space Play Dough

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We invited students to explore the different materials, and try to recreate the craters we see on the moon. They could use the different items any way that they wanted, and it was great for exploring different textures.

Rocket Measuring

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We challenged our students with this construction center. They were given blocks to build a rocket as high as they could, then they measured their creation using snap cubes.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

This was a very popular center and our students kept trying to make their rocket higher and higher.

Star Building

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

For this challenge, we asked students to make a star out of snap cubes, then count how many that they used. This was a great introduction to the concept of area, and worked on their fine motor skills.

Writing Prompt

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

We ended our space unit with this writing prompt. We gave the students the option of writing about a planet they know about, or they could make up their own planet.

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

They did a great job with this, and made up some really great planets! I love that they were able to show off everything they learned about space, and still be creative!

Have fun with these math and literacy center ideas for kindergarten. Perfect for your space unit and includes a free download for a writing prompt.  Centers for your space theme and includes a FREEBIE

If you would like to use this writing prompt with your students, I have added it to my Resource Library as a free download!

I wrote a blog post about how I Get my Kindergarten Students Writing, and one about my classroom Writing Center. I also like to use Class Books with my students to get them excited about writing.

If you want to learn more about how I use all these space activities, check out My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers.

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