Magnetic Rocket Puzzle and Math Activities

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Nick Sharratt this month. This author was new to us, so it was a lot of fun discovering his books. They are full of rhymes and humor, and the girls enjoyed many of them. Both of the girls liked Rocket Countdown! 

Rocket Countdown


Tinker enjoys any lift the flap book, so she was immediately drawn to this one in the library stack. Lovey liked acting out the astronaut’s action throughout the story, and I like the subtle ways we were able to practice counting forward and backward as we read the story over and over again.

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Magnetic Rocket Puzzle and Math Activities 

After reading the story a few times I used foam sheets and adhesive business card magnets to make this rocket puzzle. I like the adhesive magnets, but you could also use hot glue and any magnets you have on hand. I also used a chrome paint pen to label the parts of the rocket.

In addition to creating the rocket design the kids made their own creations out of the pieces.

Magnetic Rocket Puzzle~Counting and Shapes Activities to go along with Rocket Countdown by Nick Sharratt

We also spent some time using the pieces to do a little math practice.

Magnetic Rocket Craft and Math Activities-Sorting by Shape

We sorted the puzzle pieces by shape (and also color because of the way I designed them).

Rocket Puzzle for Kids-Sorting odd and even numbers

We also sorted the pieces by odd and even numbers. This was an introduction for Lovey, so she need a bit of help with this step. What other ways would you use this puzzle for creating and learning?

Now that we’ve shared our activity with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Nick Sharratt inspired posts to the blog hop linky below. 

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More Rocket Crafts & Resources

Astronomy Unit Resources-Rockets and Space Activities for Kids

Books About Rockets


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  1. I really like your magnet rocket puzzle. It’s a great activity that could go with so many different books and projects. I have a Friday blog hop called entertaining and educational. It would be great if you stopped by and linked up.


  2. I always love a great fun hands on math activity 🙂 Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  3. What a fun activity! I think I could it adapt it for my little ones who are working on number recognition too. Thanks for the idea.

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