We absolutely love any activity that encourages us to build and create. So we were so excited about the opportunity to build our own telescopes. 

The kids loved being creative about this and it is a super simple easy way to start using your imaginations. 

This pretend play activity will encourage your preschoolers to be creative, use their engineering skills, and engage in dramatic play.

Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Can identify all capital letters and some sounds (J)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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*Tin Foil

Water bottle or Toilet Paper Tube


*Space Stickers

Step #1

Wrap a paper towel tube or plastic bottle in tinfoil.

Step #2

Decorate the outside with stars, stickers, or markers.

Step #3

Put the the telescope up to your right eye and start pretending to stargaze.

Teacher Tip

You can also wrap your telescope in construction paper in which case you will need to glue the construction paper on.

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