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Astronaut Helmets

Astronaut Helmets

Through art and play, we will make space helmets to learn about how astronauts protect themselves in space. (Image courtesy of NASA)

 

Suggested Age Group: Ages 4-8

Activity Time: 15-30 min

Prep Time: 10-30 min

Main Idea: Understand the tools astronauts need to work in space.

Background Info:

A spacesuit is more than clothes astronauts wear in space. The suit is really a small spacecraft. It protects the astronaut from the dangers of being outside in space.  

The suits protect astronauts from getting too hot or cold. Spacesuits also give astronauts oxygen to breathe while they are working in space. The suits hold water to drink.

They also keep astronauts from getting hurt by space dust. Space dust may not sound very dangerous, but when it moves faster than a bullet, the dust can hurt someone. The suits even have special gold-lined visors to protect your eyes from bright sunlight.

Materials 

  • Brown paper grocery bag
  • NASA logos/badges
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Glue, stickers, assorted craft supplies
  • Scissors

Prep (10-30 minutes):

  • Cut holes in paper grocery bags- one for the face, and two semi-circles on the sides to create the “shoulder rests”.
  • Logos of DMNS and/or NASA can be cut out ahead of time to facilitate younger kiddos.

Step-by-Step Instructions (15-30 minutes):

  1. Each child should receive a paper grocery bag to create their space helmet.
    • Have bags prepped ahead of time for younger kids that have trouble using scissors
    • If bags are not prepped and craft is being completed with older individuals, have them cut out face hole and semi-circles to fit the bag over their shoulders.
  2. Allow individuals to decorate their astronaut helmet however they wish using supplies to color their helmets.
  3. Pass out the printed logos and glue to the individuals that wish to add them to their helmets. They may want to continue to decorate after gluing on their logos.
  4. Finally, put the helmet on and let your mind soar to outer space!
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