Up! from blocks to rockets
At the beginning of the school holidays when I was restocking our making box I wondered what the children would create from the materials we had – turns out plastic drinking cups make great junk model space rockets!
I’ve noticed that during any lull in the holiday playing, when things are teetering on the edge of either a squabble or a little too much anarchy, the sudden appearance of some exciting junk on the kitchen table acts like a magnet, pulling in restless children. The magic works best if the junk is super exciting, such as (ooh!) bubble wrap, (ahh!) freezer bag ties or (wow!) coloured elastic bands.
This model isn’t a rocket but rather a vital piece of astronaut kit – a cuff which is used to search out alien lifeforms. Very useful on any space mission.
And how about adding in a recycled lunar landscape for the rockets to launch from. We’d been giving all our garden toys a wash earlier on and the children decided the left over bubbles would be perfect to make a moonscape. They’d be great with some outer space playdough too.