This Astronaut lunch was prepared for my 28 month old nephew. He loves pasta! He did not eat the astronaut or carrots.
Fruit: Apple moons and stars (I peeled the apples and then dipped them in a solution of water with a little bit of lemon juice to prevent browsing. Then, I used a variety of small cookie cutters to cut the star and moon shapes.)
Vegetable: Carrot moons and stars (I used small cookie cutters to cut the carrots. I like to use a folded dish towel between my hand and the metal cookie cutter. It prevents the metal cutter from hurting my hand.)
Background: Farfalline pasta with tomato sauce
Astronaut: Lasagna noodle with food marker details (I used kitchen scissors to freehand cut the Astronaut.)
Background: Farfalline pasta with peas and carrot stars
Rocket: White and orange cheddar cheese
Preschool: Our focus of the day was outer space, astronauts, and rockets. We practiced counting down from 5, read books about astronauts, and made rockets out of paper towel tubes. We had a lot of fun all day playing with a space themed sensory box. We played with glue and glitter (on Aunt Kathy’s porch) to make star art. We pretended to be astronauts. Everyone had fun playing in a refrigerator box converted to a rocket ship (Aunt Kathy was the only one to not go inside the box).
My husband and I made this simple astronaut costume out of a 35 oz utz Halloween Pretzel Treats container and a white pillow case.
We mostly followed these directions to make rockets out of paper towel tubes.
Handmade Paper Rockets
This was my first time making a sensory box. I followed these directions to create a space themed sensory box. I could not find star shaped pasta so I used dried black beans and dried navy beans. I also used the Space themed Toob set. This sensory box was a huge hit! My younger nephew loved this so much. He played with it off and on for long lengths of time throughout the day.
Space Themed Sensory Box
I took a refrigerator box and covered one side with space themed paper I found at the Dollar Tree. The kids decorated the other side. We had this box outside and inside (it started to rain). The kids loved it!
Space Themed Refrigerator Box
We did our own version of glitter sponge painting. We cut stars from sponges, dipped in glue, then sprinkled with glitter. But we were inspired by this (scroll down).
Star Glitter Craft in Process
Star Glitter Craft
Our afternoon snack was Cheddar Rocket Crackers from Trader Joe’s.