Trip to Outer Space

Three! Two! One! Blastoff!

1. Gather all the children in a circle.
2. Select one person to be the Astronaut. This person will stand in the middle of the circle.
3. Explain that for each "site" that the Astronaut sees and shouts out, the corresponding action involves to 3 people.

How to Play

1. The Astronaut will be in the center of the circle spinning around. When he/she feels like it, he/she will stop and point directly at someone in the circle and shout one of three "sites"-either Saturn, Alien, or Rocket Ship.
2. The child who was pointed to, along with the kids on either side of him/her have 3 seconds to react and perform their appropriate responses, as seen below:
Saturn – the center person crouches down into a little ball, the people on either side join hands to form a “ring” around them
Alien – person in the center put their fingers on either side of their heads to make antennae, the people on either side cross their arms in front of the person to make him look like he has 4 arms
Rocket – person in the center makes a “nose cone” over their head, while the two on either side of him make flaming rocket boosters.
3. If a group can’t make it by the count of 3, then the one in the middle becomes the new center person.


1. Be sure to give the group ample time to practice and learn the motions before playing the game.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time
No prep time needed!
Space Needed
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)