Two children in spaceship outfits

Building a spaceship!

What happens when you’re the children of life-long Muskoka Woods guests turned staff? You find yourself building a spaceship while you’re following the instructions of health officials and staying home. We present Muskoka Woods at home content.
Now we aren’t suggesting this is a step-by-step tutorial on building a rocketship to the moon, but hopefully it may provide some inspiration to look at what you have lying around the house that could keep everyone busy for a few hours.
Summer Camp Director, Paul Cade and Program Development Coordinator, Vicky Cade, together have three children and two of them found some old boxes they knew would make an excellent vehicle to explore the stars in. So with the help of mom and dad, two of them put on their maker hat and got to it.

Measure never, cut once!
 a young girl cuts a hole in cardboard

The beauty of imagination is windows can be whatever size you want them to be! But the key is to start with a larger donor cardboard box or find several pieces that when combined, can come together Voltron like to make a kid-sized contraption.

Gauging your interest in buttons
two kids making crafts

Buttons to push and dials to turn are a must if the pilot, first mate and engineer are going to have any sense of control. Stickers, markers and any other materials that can be found around the house to build an instrument panel for your spaceship.

If you can’t paint the town, paint your ship
A young boy paints cardboard

Painting is something everyone can get involved in and is a fun way to spend some hours between trying to figure out how to submit an assignment on Google Classroom (P.S. you’re welcome) and bedtime. It’s okay if mom and dad get involved with the base coat here.

Avengers, assemble!
A rocketship made from cardboard

Putting your spaceship together will largely be up to you. We don’t have instructions other than grab some tape, maybe a stapler and potentially a glue stick and have at it. The Cade family is pretty extra so they went for an authentic vertical orientation but the classic horizontal spaceship you can sit in and feel like you’re going forward is perfectly acceptable.

Chris Hadfield, eat your heart out
Two children in spaceship outfits

When you have mini astronaut outfits on hand you don’t have to rely on acoustic covers of David Bowie hits to get likes. Good work Emma and Jordan (Madison is six months old so she gets a pass on not helping).

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