Our fourth entry to our #artideas blog series commemorate the first man in space, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. We've put together a creative space-themed craft activity for your budding astronauts.
Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet cosmonaut and the first human being to journey into outer space, when his spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12th, 1961.
Grab your coloured pencils, card and string... 3... 2... 1... Get ready for blast-off!
What you will need:
• 1 sheet of black A4 paper
• 1 sheet of yellow paper
• 1 sheet of grey paper
• 1 ball of string
• Coloured pencils
• Sticky tape
• Black marker pen
• Circular plate
• A4 Single Gallery
With a black pencil, place the plate over a corner of the grey paper and trace around the plate to create your moon.
Use the scissors to carefully cut out the moon and then use the sticky tape or glue to attach it to the top corner of the black A4 paper.
Then, using a black pencil, draw some craters on the moon to make it look realistic!
Using your black marker pen, draw lots of stars on the yellow A4 paper (we drew them in pencil first just in case we made a mistake!). You can have as many stars as you like; after all, it’s your space mission! If you’re feeling extra creative you could even throw a few planets in there!
Using the scissors carefully cut the stars out and then stick them randomly onto the remaining space on the black A4 paper using sticky tape or glue. It’s really starting to look like Outer Space now!
This is where the real fun starts – you get to make your very own spaceship! On the leftover grey paper, sketch the outline of your spaceship with a black pencil. We went for a simple bullet-shaped body with two small wings on the bottom.
Once you’re happy with the basic outline of your spaceship, add some extra detail like windows (the spaceman needs to be able to see where he’s going!) and some fire to enable it to ‘blast off’! When you’re happy with your design, carefully cut the spaceship out using scissors.
Colour in the spaceship using your coloured pencils. Use any colours you like, captain!
Decide where you want your spaceship to go. Cut a strand of string just shorter than the depth of the A4 page. Using sticky tape, stick the string to the back of the black A4 paper.
Then pull the string over to the front of the page and tape the bottom of it onto the back of your spaceship (make sure you stick it on at an angle so that your spaceship is flying towards the moon!).
Simply slide the finished picture into an A4 Single Gallery Articulate Frame and you’re ready for ‘Take Off’!