The Power of Parenting

Friday, 04 December 2020

Roller Painted Rocket Ship

Making a rocket will provide hours of imaginative play for your child and give her a chance to explore what it is like to be an astronaut. It's easy to turn an outer space adventure into Comfort, Play & Teach™ time!


You will need:
  • A large cardboard appliance box
  • Roller brush
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint tray
  • Smock
  • Crayons, stickers, collage materials, glue



  • Place some sheets of newspaper or a drop cloth beneath the appliance box.
  • Pour a few colours of tempera paint onto a paint tray and provide a roller brush to paint with.
  • Your child can dip the roller into the paint and apply it to the surface of the box using broad brush strokes, reaching high and crouching low, sweeping from side to side or making rainbows.
  • Role model different painting techniques for your child and describe how you are using the brush. For example, you might say, “I am reaching up high to the stars with my roller.”
  • When the box has dried, cut windows and a doorway into the box to create a rocket ship for dramatic play.
  • Your child can draw details onto the rocket or decorate it with stickers and collage materials.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Moving the roller back and forth is a relaxing and soothing activity that gives children practice with their painting technique.

Play:By painting patterns and designs on a large box, children can create their own setting for imaginative play and storytelling.

Teach:Painting allows children to combine colours and notice and name the new ones that are created.