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Blast Off in Learning Using a Rocket Name Craft

Name crafts are always a fun way to work on letter recognition and name spelling in early grades. Preschoolers and kindergarteners will love this rocket name craft as they blast off into a new grade level or head off to summer.

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Imagine you are starting a new school year and need a fun activity for kids to do on their first day. You have this rocket name craft activity ready and invite kids to blast off into a great year with you. You read them a story about rockets and reaching for the stars and then you complete this cute craft as a class. Their eyes will sparkle with delight and they will go home to tell their families about the amazing day they had!

If you want to give your kids a fun experience (whether on the first day, in the middle, or on the last day), try this exciting activity.

What is a Name Craft?

A name craft is a fun activity where students cut and paste pieces of paper to create something new. The craft can be anything, but it’s always finished with the letters of each child’s name.

A rocket name craft, for example, uses the image of a rocket to excite kids to cut and paste. Then, they attach the letters of their name to make it more personalized. It allows them to see their name, manipulate the letters into the correct order, and practice fine motor skills.

Fun rocket name craft completed by a student with their name.
Attach the rocket at an angle to make it look like it’s flying into the sky!

When to Use a Rocket Name Craft

The best time to use a rocket name craft is any day of the year. The rocket is great for many occasions, including:

  • learning about the letter R
  • practicing letters of the alphabet
  • working on name spelling
  • celebrating the start of the new year or ending the year strong
  • decorating a bulletin board
  • adding decor to a space-themed room.

How to Create the Name Craft

The Rocket Name Craft comes with the template you need to create a rocket! Download the template and print it onto colorful cardstock or construction paper.

Materials Needed:

  • cardstock or construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • printable template

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Print the template onto your paper of choice.
  2. Cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the triangles and the trapezoid to the large rectangle.
  4. Add the circular window to the large triangle at the top.
  5. Add the flames to the bottom of the rocket.
  6. Glue the rocket onto a blue or black piece of paper.
  7. Add the stars in the background.
  8. Write the letters of the child’s name on the squares.
  9. Glue the letters in order, and you will be done.
Amazing rocket name craft for kids and bulletin boards
Print the crafts on multiple different colors to make a bright bulletin board display.

Books About Rockets

Reading books with crafts is always a fun idea! It gets the creative juices flowing before their fingers get to work. Here are some cute books that students always love to listen to.

  • Luna Muna by Kellie Gerardi – This book is perfect for any child who loves outer space and aspires to be an astronaut one day!
  • Sadie Sprocket Build a Rocket by Sue Fliess – Join Sadie on the adventure of a lifetime as she prepares for take-off to Mars with her stuffed animals.
  • The Book of Blast Off by Timothy Knapman – This book is full of rhymes and facts about space, satellites, and more.
  • Pete the Cat and the Space Chase by Kimberly and James Dean – Every child loves Pete the Cat, so this book is a great way to introduce astronauts and space.

More Name Crafts

If you like this Rocket Name Craft, you will love the Name Crafts Big Bundle. The bundle has 30 activities to choose from that will last the whole year. Create a name craft for every holiday and occasion.

Inside you will find a pumpkin, owl, gingerbread house, New Year’s hat, snowmen, hibernating bear, shamrock, Easter basket, rainbow, kite, caterpillar, dinosaur, rocket, flower, cacti, apple, apple tree, backpack, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree, wreath, crab, Cupid heart, ice cream cone, love bug, pencil, Santa hat, spring flower, tackle box, Sweetheart, and winter hat.

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Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 


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