Making Moon Craters

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Some games are educational, some games are artistic – but for this one I confess we basically just wanted to take advantage of our new backyard and have some messy fun!

That said, the moon has been on our mind since the eclipse, so I asked Travis if he wanted to see an example of how asteroids and comets made craters on the moon. That was the extent of our “science lesson”, but older kids doing this project might want to look at videos of the moon or research craters a little further.

For our moon surface, I filled a bin with about 2 inches of white flour. A little cocoa powder sprinkled on top added contrast.

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Three “asteroids” of dried clay made the perfect asteroids. Hold them at about chin level, then drop down onto your moon surface.

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There was a very satisfying puff of flour and cocoa with each impact!

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And very neat holes left behind.

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Because this activity was so action-based, here’s a quick video!


Straw Flute

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We’re on a musical instrument kick lately, and realized we needed to add some woodwinds (er, plasticwinds) to our collection, which was heavy on percussion! This “flute” won’t really make separate notes, but it is adorable and fun to put together.

Perhaps even better than playing with the final product, Travis loved helping select which color straws we should use. We counted out six, although you could make your flute larger or smaller.

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Next, we snipped the straws into varying lengths, about 1 inch shorter each time. Great scissor practice, before preschool starts tomorrow!

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I arranged the straws in height order and taped them together before handing the instrument over to my little fifer, who soon was tooting away a melody.

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The flute practically begged for an Irish jig to dance along to!