It’s World Space Week – the largest annual space event in the world – and we’re rounding up eight crafts to mark the occasion. The budding astronauts in your life will enjoy creating everything from a recycled cardboard box rocket ship to a mosaic of Jupiter as they learn all about space. 3, 2, 1 . . . blast off!

1. Recycled Cardboard Box Rocket Ship from The Bear and the Fox

From the website: “There us just something inherently attractive for kids, about letting their imagination run wild with cardboard boxed as a blank canvas – the bigger the boxes, the better. My boys particularly love building rocket ships to fly to the moon with, and today I wanted to share with you one of our most successful rocket ships to date.”

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2. Flying Saucer Craft from Capturing Parenthood

From the website: “This cute and creative craft has added lots of color (and adventure) to our recent space explorations! It’s a lot more fun to travel through the solar system with a couple of insightful friends.”

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3. Astronaut Jet Pack from My Mommy Manual

From the website: “If your little one is as imaginative as mine is, then you absolutely have to do this project.  Not only will it spark your child’s imagination, but it will get them moving, too.  Perfect for indoors or out, this jet pack will have your kids soaring!”

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4. Solar System Necklace from Lil Blue Boo

From the website: “I love how they turned out and the kids had a lot of fun making them…I couldn’t keep the planets straight but the kids knew them frontwards and backwards!”

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5. Jupiter Mosaic Art Project from The Crafty Classroom

From the website: “Children love to learn about all the planets around us. This is a bean mosaic of the planet Jupiter! Learn about all the wild weather on Jupiter and create this art project as a fun way to help them remember Jupiter’s Great RedSpot!”

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6. DIY Solar System Cookies from The Organized Homeschooler

From the website: “These solar system cookies are a great way to review at the end of a homeschool astronomy unit. Simple sugar cookies are transformed into planets while kids learn about the appearance and size of the planets in our solar system.”

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7. Foil Printed Moon from A Dab of Glue Will Do

From the website: “We love to experiment with different ways to paint, and stamping and printing with foil is a fun one we have tried recently.  Make a stamp out of foil, and then use paint to print with it. The texture this creates works really well to make the moon’s crater-filled landscape.”

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8. Space Suncatchers from Adventure in a Box

From the website: “For kids who are interested in the cosmos, make these stained glass space suncatchers from… plastic plates!”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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