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Paper Space Shuttle

Get kids’ imaginations running wild with this simple space shuttle paper craft.

space shuttle papercraft

Way back in 2012, when we still lived in Massachusetts and my oldest child was five years old, Mike made this cute paper shuttle with the kids over New Years’.

How to Make This Space Shuttle Papercraft

They rolled a sheet of paper for the body, traced a saucer to make the cone (you only need a quarter circle to make a cone, but they used the full circle and doubled over), and cut small triangles for the base. Emma drew the entire family as astronauts!

Anna’s Space Shuttle Craft

Then, in 2020, my then-8-year-old daughter Anna was looking through my blog for activity ideas. That’s one great win of having a blog like this! When the kids say, “What can I do?” I send them here for ideas.

Anna found this post, and made her own version of this same craft. As before, she rolled a sheet of paper for the body. I think she just shaped and cut the top rather than tracing a saucer. And she made flames coming out of the bottom (blue flames, because blue flame is hot!) by cutting the paper and rolling it around the base. Always the artist, she also added some extra decor.

I love her colorful version, and that she made it her own while holding true to the original idea.

More Space Activities for Kids

Do your kids love the idea of space travel? Please share photos if you make this craft!

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

19 thoughts on “Paper Space Shuttle”

  1. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses

    What a fabulous rocket! And memorable time spent together :) My little boy is absolutely fascinated by space. We should make one too!

  2. I saw this on pinterest recently and had to add it to my World Space Week board I hadn’t realised at the time that it was by you – Brilliant and I love the drawings will have to try something next year in world space week thank you for some more inspiration.

  3. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    Of course the kiddos love space travel. I think most children enjoy space travel adventures.

    The pictures of the family in the windows make my heart smile. So sweet!

  4. Great craft! Yes, Anna loves the idea of space travel and plays space ships quite often, especially when her boy friend comes over to play. Emma is so creative with her drawings!

  5. I love the astronauts! In preschool my girls made similar space ships but one of my daughters was absent that day. We had fun helping her make one at home.(we used a toilet paper roll for the “body”)

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