Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

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INSIDE: Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity is a fun and easy fine motor counting activity using clothespin! Perfect for preschoolers and older toddlers who love space!

Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

Space Activities

One of my twins is obsessed with space. Any activity I do that has a space theme he is all over it! I am working on counting with them and wanted an activity that I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist and sure enough he immediately was intrigued.

Clothespin Activities

I have done clothespin activities before with his sister and at first she found it frustrating. Clothespin are fantastic fine motor tools and a great way to strengthen those muscles in the hand needed for writing and other tasks as they get older. I anticipated that he would have similar troubles with mastering clothespins.

Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

But that is ok, as I reminded him – You can do hard things! I have always tried to instilled this in my kids but I have never expressed it so plainly. I was reminded this weekend by my sister-in-law that expressing that idea clearly can go a long way to building the confidence to do hard things.

My son did have trouble at first and did get frustrated but his love of rocket ships and the desire to give it the ignition to blast off kept him engaged! And with a little bit of assistance he was able to do it!

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Creating Your Rocket Ship Counting Activity

  1. Grab a cardboard box and cut it into a rectangle, slightly bigger that your cell phone. I cut out five rectangles.
  2. Draw the outline of a rocket ship. Use my reference below for guidance. Outline it with a pencil first then with a sharpie.
  3. Colour in the rocket ship using paint sticks.
  4. Write the numbers 1-5 in the center circle. I also added the same number of stars surrounding the rocket ship.
  5. Grab your clothespins and colour them red, orange and yellow to represent the fire from the rocket ship as it blasts off.
Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity
Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity
Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

Counting Rocket Ships

Time to start counting! Invite your child to choose a number and identify it and attached that number of clothespins to the end of the rocket ship!

Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

Trouble Shooting

If they are having trouble getting the hang of opening and closing the clothespins, trying holding the rocket ship for them as they use two hands to open the clothespins.

Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

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Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity

Age Suitability

My twins are 3 years old at the time of this activity. This activity is ideal for 3 to 4 year old preschoolers.


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  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Paint Sticks
  • Clothespins


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