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Wednesday
Jul152015

Constellation Creations

My girl just loves space and planets and especially constellations.

 

 

Gather together:

Glow in the Dark Sculpey clay

Small Magnets

A Baking Sheet

String (Optional)

This one really couldn't be simple but takes a little time to prepare.  Simply have you or your child roll out the clay and press it into a flat disk.  Bake at 275 for approximately 15 minutes.  I used my toaster over so I wouldn't have to heat my house up too much.  Press the cooled disks onto the magnets (I purchased self adhesive magnets, but think I'll need to add some hot glue over time). 

Then let the fun begin!  You can print out cards like Laura from Lalymomr did, or you can just let them use their imagination.  Since my daughter is quite young I opted for the second option.  We talked about how constellation are like pictures in the sky.  She told me hers was a mermaid.

 

Monday
Jul132015

Space Week! How to Make a Rocket Ship

One of our favorite activities is to make rocket ships. I let the kids design their own and decorate any way they like. We hung our son's rocket ship in his room along with the planets, sun, and stars.


Supplies Needed to Make a Rocket Ship:

scissors

cardboard cut into triangles for the wings

paper towel tube

aluminum foil

hot glue gun - in the picture it shows tape but I found using a hot glue gun so much faster and easier to use in attaching items together

one piece of white cardstock

an object to trace a circle around

streamers of desired color(s)


To Make a Rocket Ship:

1. Trace a large circle around a circular object. You can also print out a circle template from your computer.

2. Find the middle of the circle and cut a line from the middle to the edge of the circle.


3. Take one end of the cut circle and cover the other side until a cone is shaped.

4. Cover the cardstock cone, wings, and the paper towel tube with aluminum foil.

5. Hot glue on paper tube to the cone. 

6. Hot glue on the wings.

7. Cut out the streamers to a desired length and hot glue on or tape on.

8. Decorate and fly!

Thursday
Jul092015

The Earth's Rotation

 

This is a fun craft to help explain how the stars seem to "move".  You'll need the following:

2 paper plates

1 Brad

White and Black Tempura Paint

Watercolors

An Old toothbrush

Exacto Knife (handy but not necessary)

 

Start by drawing a scene on half of the paper plate then cutting it out with an exacto knife.  I did this ahead, my daughter is only 4, but it would be easy for older children.  Then have them paint it with black tempura paint.

 

Next have your child paint the other plate with black water color paint, followed by nighttime hues (purple, blue, pink).  Let this dry.

 

Next use your toothbrush to splatter white tempura paint for the stars.  You can also add things like comets and the moon!

 

Lastly, stack the two plates and secure with a brad.  Then watch the night sky spin.  It would be a great craft to do camping as well. 

Tuesday
Jul072015

How to Make a Hanging Space Mobile

Melissa and I are celebrating Space for the next two weeks. My son is currently obsessed with planets and space. We saw an orange moon the other night (we are surrounded by many wildfires) and it was absolutely beautiful. It gave my son and I an opportunity to research why the moon can be a few different colors. I love these quick teaching moments and so thankful for technology that allows us to quickly look up information!

My son and I made a fun hanging space mobile for his room. I printed out pictures (to scale) of each planet and took a piece of string and attached each planet's name.

I then cut them out and hung them in order.

We also made 3D sun and stars. Obviously not to scale! :) 

To make 3D sun and stars:

Items Needed:

cardstock or paper

stapler

tissue paper

Circle and star template- you can find a star template online and I used a number 10 can to make the circle shape.

To Make:

1. Cut out the shapes on cardstock or paper. 

2. Staple around the shape, leave an opening large enough to stuff in some tissue paper.

3. Stuff the shape with tissue paper until full. Make sure you do not overstuff or you will have a hard time stapling the shape together.

4. Finish stapling the shape close.

It's easy and simple!

Hang and enjoy!