These printable space characters are perfect for imaginative play, playdough, a sensory bin, and lots of other fun space themed activities for kids.
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Whether your kids are obsessed with rocket ships, or they are budding astronauts, or they love aliens, these cute little printable space characters are perfect!
These printables make setting up some space themed play super easy, just download the pdf, print, cut and you are ready to play!
They are great as puppets (find more printable puppets here), or to add to a small world play set up, or a sensory bin, or use them with playdough as we did.
Space Imaginative Play
We used our space characters and some playdough for some fun imaginative play.
Here’s what we used to set up our space themed imaginative play:
- Black and grey playdough with glitter using this playdough recipe
- Space rocks made of scrunched up foil
- Recycled foam sheet to make a bumpy planter surface
- Glass marbles for extra planets
We set everything up on a large plastic tray to encourage the playdough to stay on the tray and not end up on the floor.
Scrunching up the foil to make space rocks was great fun, and a great fine motor work out too.
We used the playdough to make ‘stands’ for the space accessories so they can ‘stand up’ and can be easily moved around, but the astronaut, alien and rocket also come with a paper stand you can slot into the bottom if you like.
This was a great space themed activity that encourage lots of imaginative play, and lots of expressive language and story telling, as well as working on lots of fine motor skills.
Free Printable Space Characters
The Space Crazy set of printable space characters is an A4 pdf file that includes an astronaut, a rocket ship, a cute little alien, and a UFO, as well as lots of planets and stars.
The spaceman, alien, rocket and UFO all come with little semi circular pieces to slot into the bottom to help them stand up on their own. You’ll need to print them on heavy card or laminate them, then cut a small slit at the bottom of each character and a matching slit in the top of the semi-circle and slot them together.
You can download the Space Crazy printable space characters here
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
More Space Themed Play Ideas
If your kids love space, or you are working on a space learning theme, you’ll love our space playdough mats and accessories.
There are six space themed play dough mats in this set, plus 2 pages of space accessories, with even more fun printable space characters and items.
You can find it in our shop and on sale for $3.99 for a limited time.
You might also like one of these fun space themed activities for kids:
Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
A W E S O M E ! !
Liz Allan says
How gorgeous, what a great activity. Wish I was a creative mum like that!
Chelsea @ Moments A Day says
These are just too cute!! Will definitely be printing them out for my little men, I’m sure they will love them.
Oh and “face-man” is hilarious. A few days ago my 2yr old kept on saying “watch little night time” and I was so confused until I realized he meant “watch Little Einsteins” LOL
These might be my favourite so far from your fab printables! I’m printing these tomorrow for R. Thank you!
Bek @ Just For Daisy says
I might just love this a little bit… okay A LOT!! Wow! Miss Daisy will love this – and the playdough and foil is a fabulous addition to your printable! LOVE!! Pinning now!
Deb @ Living Montessori Now says
Too cute! Thanks so much for sharing, Kate! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest.
These are fantastic! And I love how you’ve done different textures and sensations with the foil and the playdough but still followed the theme. You’re so smart!
Wow! Love this & look forward to using it in speech-language therapy :)
Renèe @ adventuresathomewithmum says
Definitely the coolest space scene ever ;-)
Thanks for the free printable
Doesn’t foil work well in space ? It looks awesome
Nathalie Brown says
Love this so much, will be using at work and at home.
Hehe, I can relate to your frustration in deciphering your sons request. My little boy wanted help finding his naught and chip (astronaut and space ship). This is right up his alley! Thanks for sharing :) I’ve repinned from you :)
They are so adorable!! Be awesome for a space themed party as well. Too talented. :)
Ness @ One Perfect Day says
Featuring these on my Tuesday Tots post this week! Thanks for linking up.
Susan Stephenson says
Lovely, Kate! I am about to share with some teacher librarians I know. Fits so perfectly with this year’s Book Week theme of Read across the Universe!
Thanks so much for sharing..
You are so greaful…
Really good…and funny for kids.
Danya Banya says
Wow you are such a talent!
Thank you so much! These are fabulous!
hi! thanks so much for these. wonderful! my boys are having a blast right now.
I love the ideas of using scrunched up foil and glitter in the playdough – so simple but effective. Awesome creativity.