Spaceship Craft for Kids to Explore New Worlds

3, 2, 1, Take off! Reach for the stars with this spaceship craft for kids! Fasten on your seat belts while we fire up the rockets.

space craft for kids

You will need;

  • A 2 lb. Velveeta cheese box or other similar cardboard box
  • Empty cereal box or other thin cardboard
  • White, black, red construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Tape

How to Make a Spaceship Craft for Kids

cover box with paper

Tape the top and bottom of the box together.

Wrap the box with white paper and tape.

Cut out extra squares of white paper to cover the top and bottom.

add black paper

With Black paper cut out a door and windows. Glue to one side of your rocket (not your pocket).

cover cardboard with paper

Cut ten rectangle pieces of cardboard 2 1/2 by 1 inches.

Wrap each piece with red paper and tape together.

add fins

With two pieces make fins and attach to the side of the rocket. Tape just the top of the fin.

start making top

With two of the rectangle make a tent on the top, tape the ends together. Also tape the rectangles to the box.

continue adding paper to top
add the last two pieces

Continue adding the rectangles to the top of the box to make it pointed.

I based the idea off of a NASA rocket that I have seen before. But have fun and try different designs. Or you can make a “flying Saucer”.


Spaceships can use rocket engines. When a rocket expels its exhaust in the opposite direction the ship moves forward.

The name spacecraft is a very broad term. Sometimes they are artificial satellites. Sputnik was the first artificial satellite.

The first manned spaceship was Vostok 1. It did a full orbit around Earth and was manned by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

We launched many animals into space. The first live creatures were fruit flies. The U.S. sent the flies into space on the V-2 rocket on February 20 1947.

Other animals sent into space were;

  • monkeys,
  • mice,
  • dogs,
  • rabbits,
  • spiders,
  • frogs,
  • guinea pigs,
  • rats,
  • cats,
  • parasitic wasps,
  • beetles,
  • tortoise,
  • fish,
  • newts.

There are also things called “spaceplanes” that can fly in Earth’s atmosphere as well as in space.  Atlantis is a spaceplane that belongs to NASA.

 Interstellar travel is mostly in science fiction. There are a few space probes that are designed for going outside of our solar system. Some examples are Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11 and New Horizons. Only Voyager 1 has so far reached interstellar space in 2015, while the other four are still going.

Although your spaceship crafts for kids will not fly, you can place it on your desk.

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