3-2-1 Blast Off!

C’s friend, Liza, helps us count down Discovery!

Want an exciting way to teach your pre-schooler to count backwards? Watch video of Space Shuttle launches. This is how we are starting our day, by watching Discovery launch over and over again… and counting along!

With the launch looped in the background, we embark on making our very own Space Shuttle, using a paper towel roll for the body of the shuttle. Here’ s where I found the idea. Their instructions are fantastic and easy. The only change I made was to the fiery engines. Instead of using bits of red construction paper, we used yellow and red tissue paper. I think it was easier for my preschoolers to manage and added a bit more flair.

This project is perfect for the 3-year-olds and they did each step themselves which made these little monkeys proud of themselves. And out shuttle looks at home in our own little corner of outer space.

To wrap up our morning in the Adventure Room, we turned to the Cat In The Hat.

This book is modeled on the new PBS TV Show The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That! This book does a great job of giving a quick and fun overview of space. It is a bit difficult to find a long list of picture books that focus on space, but my search continues. This is a good one.


  1. Math Skills
  2. Science
  3. Creativity/Arts
  4. Fine motor skill development
  5. Imaginative Play
  6. History of Space Exploration
  7. Vocabulary expansion
  8. Reading

And this is the perfect adventure to share with a friend.



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