Unit Study: Preschool Space

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name celestial bodies and objects in space.
  2. Understand basic concepts about the solar system and space exploration.
  3. Recognize the moon’s phases and the concept of day and night.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to space.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of space-related concepts in science and astronomy.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Space

  • Introduce the concept of space and the universe.
  • Discuss different celestial bodies (sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.).
  • Read books about space and the solar system.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a space-themed mobile.

Day 2: Solar System Adventure

  • Explore the solar system and its planets.
  • Discuss basic characteristics of each planet.
  • Read books about the solar system.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a paper plate solar system.

Day 3: Moon and Phases

  • Focus on the moon and its phases.
  • Learn about the different moon phases and their names.
  • Read books about the moon.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a moon phase craft.

Day 4: Day and Night

  • Discover the concept of day and night.
  • Explore the rotation of Earth and its effect on light and darkness.
  • Read books about day and night.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a spinning Earth craft.

Day 5: Space Exploration

  • Introduce the concept of space exploration and astronauts.
  • Discuss space missions and discoveries.
  • Read books about space exploration.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create an astronaut helmet.

Resource List:


  1. “There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System” by Tish Rabe – Amazon Link
  2. “The Moon Book” by Gail Gibbons – Amazon Link
  3. “Astronaut Handbook” by Meghan McCarthy – Amazon Link


  1. “The Solar System Song” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  2. “Phases of the Moon” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  3. “Astronauts and Space: The Final Frontier” by The Kiboomers – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Space-Themed Mobile – Create a mobile with hanging celestial bodies.
  2. Paper Plate Solar System – Create a representation of the solar system using paper plates.
  3. Moon Phase Craft – Create a craft showing different moon phases.
  4. Spinning Earth Craft – Create a rotating Earth model.
  5. Astronaut Helmet – Create a paper astronaut helmet.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have an out-of-this-world experience exploring the mysteries of space with your young learners!

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