the Mars Rock|
sit in a circle with one player holding a Mars rock (rock,
ball of foil or bean bag, etc.). The music begins and
the Mars rock is passed around the circle until the music
stops. The player holding the Mars rock when the music
stops is out of the game. The music begins again and the
players continue with the game until there is only one
balls of tin foil or large rocks in a sand box. The
child who finds the most Mars rocks wins a prize.
Rover, Mars Rover
Based on the Red Rover Game.
nametags with the picture and the name of a Space Shuttle
or satellite on it. Attach a nametag to each player.
Each player will assume the name of a Mars rover, a
satellite or Space Shuttle, such as Spirit, Opportunity,
Stardust, Hubble, Chandra, Atlantis and so on. Players
will be known by the name on their tag for the duration
of the party.
lines of players are formed, with each line having three
or more players.
line joins hands then stands facing each other about
15 feet apart. One person calls "Mars Rover, Mars Rover,
let Spirit," or one of the other names on the tags,
"come over." The object is to keep the other team's
person from breaking through your line. If they do not
break the line, you keep them and they join your side.
If they break through, you do not keep them. They get
to choose a person to take back with them and join their
team. The team with the most players wins.
is a game that requires room and good supervision if
played by children. The player is blindfolded (or not,
if they are young and don't want to be.) The player
takes a stick and tries to break a hanging container
that has candies and other small goodies in it. (Colorful
adhesive bandages are popular among preschoolers.) Someone
has the other end of the string and tries to raise and
lower the piņata to keep it from being hit.
make a piņata, you can do something as simple as decorating
a paper grocery bag with paints or crepe paper and then
gluing and taping the top shut once the treats are inside.
Run a string along the top edge before shutting the
bag. You can also make a fancier piņata by covering
a balloon with papier-mache. The fun thing is that these
can be decorated to match any theme. For a star party,
a Space Shuttle, planet or stars are good subjects for
making a piņata.
in the Space Glove?
very thick mittens on a player's hands, the player holds
her hands behind her back and the player tries to guess
what object is placed in her hand. Players look first
at the objects that are being used. Point out that this
is one of the difficulties when working in space --
the inability to feel the object with which you are
Here are more things to do with mittens. The players
must draw a picture with a paintbrush while wearing
boxing gloves or very thick mittens on their hands.
Another variation is to have the player put washers
and a nut on a bolt while wearing boxing gloves or very
Take Water to the Space Station
is a relay race that is best played outside. Give each
team a cloth or sponge, a basin with water in it and
an empty bucket. Put the basin at the start line that
represents Earth. The bucket at the finish line represents
the Space Station. The team that manages to bring the
greatest amount of water by soaking the cloth in the
basin and then squeezing it out into the bucket wins
is a game that can be turned into a space-themed activity.
Use a coffee can with a plastic lid on it as the container
to catch the clothespins. Cut a hole into the plastic
lid large enough for clothespins to fit through. Then
decorate the can. A bottle with a wide mouth can also
be decorated and used. Wooden clothespins (ones without
springs) can also be decorated to look like Space Shuttles.
Stand over the target with a clothespin. Drop the clothespin
and try to hit the target. Whoever gets the most pins
to go into the can wins.
can make a Mars Landing game (Bean Bag Toss,) easily
by using a double layer of poster board glued together
and a large box. Use the large box as a base and attach
the poster board to one side of it. Before attaching
the poster board, paint a picture of Mars on it, allowing
for one or more holes to be cut into the poster and
box. Each hole has a number beside it, to allow scorekeeping.
Determine the distance to throw from. Keep score. Beanbags
can be made of socks, stuffed with beans and tied or
sewn. Be sure the bags are not bigger than the holes
in the box and poster. The player with the highest score
wins the game.
Spaceship, Who Has the Spaceship?
person is chosen to be "it" and hides his eyes while
a small spaceship or other object is given to a player
to hide in his lap or behind his back. This is done
by having one person with the object clasped between
hands held together in a "prayer-like position," which
goes to each player in turn, and pretends to slip the
object into their hands.
players hold their hands in a "prayer-like" position
in front while the person pretends to slip the object
into their hands. "It" then has three chances to guess
which player has the spaceship. All players hide their
hands in their laps or behind their backs and pretend
have the spaceship.
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