Outdoor space games

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Outdoor space games
Let children create and launch their own rockets in a fun game. (David Woolley/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Teach your children or students about the outer space with games they can play outdoors. Incorporate stars, rockets and other space-themed items into each game to teach the children about outer space. Play space games outdoors where there is plenty of room for the children to run and play. Entice the children to play along by handing out glow-in-the-dark items to game winners.

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Moonwalk Relay Race

Divide the children into two teams and have them line up at a starting line. Mark another line about 15 feet from the starting line. Make "moonwalk" shoes by poking two holes in the bottom of small buckets, on opposite sides. Run a piece of string or small rope through the holes. Give the first player in each line two buckets. Have them flip the buckets over and stand on the buckets holding on the strings. They must walk to the other line and back, while holding the strings to keep their "moonwalk" shoes on their feet. Each player must do the same thing. The first team to finish the relay wins the game.

Saturn's Ring Toss

Place several different size balls on the ground to represent planets. Scatter the balls far apart from each other. Children must stand behind a line and try to toss hula hoops around the planets to earn points. Mark the line about 10 feet from the planets (adjust the line closer for small children and farther away for older children). Give each child 10 chances to ring the planets. The child who earns the most points wins the game.

Rocket Launch

Give each child tape, construction paper, empty toilet paper rolls and empty paper towel rolls. Tell the children to use their imagination to build a rocket. After the children finish the rockets, have them all stand on a line next to each other. When you say, "Launch," the children must toss their rockets as far as they can. The child who built the rocket that travelled the farthest distance wins the game.

Moon Rock Hunt

Wrap several glow-in-the-dark items, space-themed toys, stickers and temporary tattoos in aluminium foil. Roll each prize into a ball so it resembles moon rocks. Hide the "moon rock" outside and give each child a bag. Tell the children to collect as many "moon rocks" as they can and place them in their bags. The player who finds the most "moon rocks" wins the game and a larger space-themed prize. All the children can keep their space favours to take home.

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