This space craft for kids was inspired by a number of things.
When Amanda from barley&birch asked if I wanted to join in on her 90s-inspired week of crafting, my response was “Dude? YES!”
(You may remember ALLA the fun we had with 80s week, last year.)
So I started brainstorming.
This painted planet art is inspired by one of the best movies of the 90s.
Did you know that Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team?
He used this as motivation whenever he felt like giving up.
This space craft for kids was also inspired by this quote from Kid President.
(If you need these Words of Wisdom on the regular, you can download the free printable here.)
And CDs. Does anything scream “90s!” more than CDs?
What you will need:
Heavy paper (we used watercolour paper)
Paint (we used the IKEA Mala paints)
I used this activity as a way to explore tracing with my preschoolers.
We traced around CDs and different-sized bowls. If you’d like to make a planet with a ring, trace around bowls that are about 3cm wider than a CD.
Cut out your circles.
TIP: Cut out many circles. This printmaking technique is fun and uses a fair bit of paint. It’s great to have lots of circles on hand.
The IKEA Mala paints are perfect for this project.
Any paint that can be easily squeezed out are excellent choices.
Tear off a piece of aluminium foil.
Squeeze paints into the centre of your foil.
Place your paper rounds onto the paint and gently press from the centre out to the edges of your circle.
When it feels as though you have coated the whole piece of paper, peel away to reveal your colourful design.
This activity uses lots of paint. So you can keep transferring the paint on your foil onto paper circles.
If your painted circle has TOO MUCH paint on it, gently place another circle on top and transfer the print and paint.
This is a process where it is super fun to experiment.
If you want to hang and dangle your planets, loop some yarn around the CD.
Once your prints have dried, glue your circles onto a CD.
If you wish to make a ring for your planet, trim one of the bigger circles to fit the CD. With the leftover painted circle, create a ring.
I taped the top bit to the yarn then made a small incision in the bottom of the ring. I then slotted the CD into this incision.
Making the world an artsier, craftsier place is my Space Jam.
Join the ever-rad barley&birch, Raising Kinley, Creating Creatives, The Blue Barn, Little Button Diaries, Babble Dabble Do, Make It Your Own, Teach Investigate Play, Red Ted Art as we celebrate all things 90s! #dudethe90s!
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