- Spaceship decorating: Find a very large cardboard box and spray-paint it silver. Cut out four round "portholes" and a door. Provide paint, magic markers, crayons, glitter and glue and have the children design their own rocket.
- Space hunt: While you're at it, take silver and gold spray paint and decorate some large rocks found in the yard. Have all astronauts go on a space treasure hunt.
- Musical stars: "Tina," a ParentsPlace.com community member, suggests a variation on musical chairs. Tape down some large stars that you have cut out of fluorescent poster board. For the music, compile five- to 20-second-long clips songs such as "Would You Like to Swing on a Star?"
- Space uniforms: Make space helmets out of plastic milk cartons and uniforms out of silver and white trash bags, suggests "Rymar," a ParentsPlace.com community member. For more great ideas, check out the Birthday Bulletin Board.
Favors and Food
Favors for a space-themed preschooler's party might include planet coloring books or polished rocks that can be purchased from a museum. "Rhea," a ParentsPlace.com community member also suggests glow-in-the-dark planets and stars, space stickers, Milky Way bars and Starburst candy.
Here are some options for out-of this-world party food:
- Space food: Visit a camping store or a space or science museum to find certifiable space food such as freeze-dried ice cream. If you succeed in finding different kinds of space food, turn eating into a game by having each guest take a blindfolded guess at what various items are.