Science Rocks

Fly Me to the Moon

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Mother and daughter conducting a science experiment with safety glasses on.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to experiment with: weight, scientific inquiry, questions and predictions, vocabulary, and observations.

Materials Needed:

  • 4 Cups flour
  • ½ Cup baby oil (or oil)
  • Bowl or cake pan
  • Foil, ribbon, rocks and pebbles, hanger, ribbon or string, gloves, cup, hole punch, black and white paint, paper

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.

Directions:

  1. Create the moon surface by making moon dough – Combine 4 cups flour, and ½ cup oil. Mix together in a bowl or cake pan. Drop rocks or pebbles of different sizes onto the surface of the “moon” to see the craters created.
  2. Asteroid Belt – Cut strips of paper and tape together to make a belt to fit child’s waist. Attach ribbon or string to the belt, wad up balls of foil around the end of the string. Twirl, and you have created your own asteroid belt.
  3. Make your own scale with a hanger, string and a cup (see video for full demonstration).
  4. Moon Art – draw a circle on white paper. Make a moon rock to paint with by crumbling up pieces of foil. Dip the foil rock in white and black paint and paint your moon. When it’s dry, cut it out and glue it on black paper.

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