You already know that your students are out of this world, which is exactly why you need to check out these amazing space-themed classroom ideas! From nameplates to bulletin boards and incredible reading nooks, your classroom transformation will be ready to blast off in 3 … 2 … 1!
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1. Build a rocket ship
We love this reading rocket from Dawson’s 4th Grade Dragons. Place comfy chairs or pillows below in the “hot seat.”
Image: Dawson’s 4th Grade Dragons
2. Blast off with this bookshelf
This easy-to-fashion bookshelf rocket ship is a great way to store books and other classroom materials. Make sure you fill it with our space-themed books too!
Buy it: 4-Tier Bookshelf at Amazon; Red Storage Baskets at Amazon
3. Role-play in this rocket ship
Your students will love this role-play rocket ship that allows them to imagine themselves as a NASA astronaut.
Image: Pinterest/Claudia Buszko
4. Make it life-size
Not gonna lie: We’d love to try to fit into this sweet cardboard rocket!
Buy it: Cardboard Rocket at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by Xochitl Lara
5. Create a positive learning environment
This clever rocket-ship behavior chart is a great way to encourage your kids to shoot for the stars.
Image: Pinterest/Cindy Fonnesbeck
6. Build the solar system
We are crazy about these paper lantern planets that bring the solar system into your classroom!
Buy it: Paper Lanterns in assorted colors and sizes at Amazon
Image: Fête à Fête
7. … or make it inflatable!
Does it get more fun than this cool inflatable solar system?
Buy it: Inflatable Planets at Oriental Trading
Image: Oriental Trading
8. Display work that’s out of this world
This idea is an awesome way to showcase stellar work.
Image: Elementary Teacher To Be
9. Ignite and inspire
With some colored cellophane and twinkle lights, you can replicate this dazzling display.
Buy it: colored cellophane at Michaels; LED Twinkle Lights at Amazon
Image: Transparent Packaging Wrap
10. Celebrate the helpers
Round up your little space boys and girls with this space-themed classroom task-management chart.
Buy it: Giant Rocket Wall Decal at Amazon
Image: Supply Me
11. Houston, we have a reading nook!
Bring together your space-themed classroom decor to create this stellar reading space (pun intended).
Buy it: Astronaut Costumes for kids at Amazon; Silver Mylar Roll at Amazon; Inflatable Planets at Amazon
Image: Pinterest/Twinkl Resources
12. Make reading a blast
This setup has us ready to launch into a good book for hours on end.
Image: The Gilded Pear
13. See the stars
This DIY star projector makes us want to lie on our backs and search for constellations.
Buy it: Star Projector at Amazon
Source: Amazon/Review by Carla Dickey
14. Stargaze in your classroom
Fluorescent lights have never looked cooler with these astronomy light covers.
Buy it: Octo Lights at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by DDNNY Teacher
15. Make an astronomical door design
This cute door design is as inviting as it is inspiring.
Image: Pinterest/Kaprea Reid
16. Shoot for the stars (through this door)
Is it just us, or do you also read this door in a Buzz Lightyear voice?
Source: Pinterest/Danya Woods
17. This classroom door is a blast
We can’t decide which we love more, this door’s crepe paper flames at the bottom of the rocket or the rhyme.
Source: Pinterest/Ratyra Moore
18. Lead a class of space invaders
BRB. Hopping in our flying saucers and invading this class.
Source: Pinterest/Lubna Dadabhoy
19. Hang this gateway to the galaxy
Whether or not you choose to decorate your door, spruce (er, space) up the frame with this galaxy border.
Buy it: Space-Themed Hanging Border at Oriental Trading
Image: Oriental Trading
20. Trim with the solar system
You’ve got to get this solar system trimmer for your whiteboard or bulletin board.
Buy it: Space Trim at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by Desiree
21. Write their names in the stars
Copy that for these stellar flat nameplates, too!
Buy it: Star Name Plates at Amazon
22. Elevate your reading rug
Lay this outer space rug in the middle of your classroom or designate it to your reading area.
Buy it: Space Rug at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by Shaneice Robinson
23. Bask in the moonlight
This cool moonlight is the perfect addition to any reading nook.
Buy it: Glowing Moon Light at Amazon
24. String your space theme together with this garland
This outer space garland is just the thing to tie your space theme together (figuratively, of course).
Buy it: Space Garland at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by Sijiwoo
25. Hop aboard this space shuttle reading nook
Kids can climb into the cockpit and head for the stars!
Buy it: Space Shuttle Play Tent at Amazon
26. Explore the solar system
This beautiful backdrop is perfect for a space-themed classroom.
Buy it: Space Backdrop at Amazon
27. Launch into a good book
This library corner is perfect for cosmic kids!
Image: Pinterest/Luke Revell
28. Dream big with space-themed wall art
Brighten your walls with this space-themed wall art set. Some have inspirational quotes and other teach letters and numbers.
Buy it: Space-Themed Wall Art at Amazon
29. Get tucked away into this reading nook
This sweet library nook is the perfect spot for learning about space and more!
Buy it: Rocket Ship Stand-Up at Oriental Trading; Gold and Silver Star Centerpieces at Oriental Trading; Space Party Favor Boxes at Oriental Trading; Glow-in-the-Dark Canopy at Amazon
Image: Oriental Trading/Library Nook blog by Chad Boender, kindergarten teacher
30. Let your students become astronauts
Create a 3D bulletin board that includes photos of all your students as astronauts! First, let them color their own astronaut printables. Then add a photo of each child’s face. Finally, finish it off by attaching astronaut helmets made of DIY clear plastic Christmas ornaments.
Buy it: Astronaut Printable at Oriental Trading; Large Clear Christmas Ornaments at Oriental Trading
Image: Oriental Trading/Space-Themed blog by Chad Boender, kindergarten teacher
31. Imagine the possibilities
Show your students that the sky’s the limit!
Buy it: Upright Shuttle Nookat Playhouse Designs
Image: Playhouse Designs
32. Create an outer space oasis
Give them the coziest reading space in the galaxy!
Buy it: Inflatable Space Shuttle at Oriental Trading; Inflatable Solar System at Oriental Trading; Large Metallic Stars at Oriental Trading; Black and Silver Stars Fabric Roll at Oriental Trading
Image: Oriental Trading
33. Search the stars for inspiration
Motivate students to reach for their dreams with these inspirational space posters for the classroom!
Buy it: Space Postersat Amazon
34. Make your classroom a cosmic gateway
Take your learning environment to another dimension.
Image: Pinterest/Stacy Stahl
35. Glow up with these planet decals
Show your students that even in times of darkness, there’s always light.
Buy it: Space Wall Decals at Amazon
36. Look to the Future
Let them know that you believe in them!
Buy it: Space Bulletin Board at Amazon
Image: Amazon/Review by Carl B.
What are your favorite space-themed classroom ideas? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.
Plus, check out some more of our classroom themes, including Hollywood, owls, and beaches. And be sure to try these space-themed activities!