FLY ME TO THE MOON - A STEAM ACTIVITY FOR 4 - 6 YEAR OLDS
4 - 6 YEAR OLDS CAN DESCRIBE THE SURFACE OF THE MOON AND GIVE A BRIEF EXPLANATION TO WHY CRATERS HAVE FORMED WITH THESE TWO SIMPLE, FUN AND HANDS ON STEAM ACTIVITIES.
With the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 first moon landing, we’ve been over the moon and learning some basics about our closet space buddy.
With lots of talk about the first moon landing all over the news, this quick and easy but incredibly fun activity was a great on topic way to pass a very wet Sunday afternoon. There’s two parts to this STEAM activity, both linking to the features of the moon’s surface.
1) INVESTIGATING WHAT CAUSES THE CRATERS ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON
SAND OR FLOUR
EMPTY ICE CREAM CONTAINER OR SIMILAR
SELECTION OF DIFFERENT SIZED STONES
2) DESCRIBE THE FEATURES OF THE SURFACE OF THE MOON THROUGH A PROCESS ART ACTIVITY
WHITE FLOUR PAINT*
BOTTLE TOPS OF DIFFERENT SIZES
* make white flour paint by adding flour to white paint and mixing until a very thick consistency is formed. Children will enjoy doing this for themselves and lumpy paint adds to the surface texture.
We recapped the features of the surface of the moon using this simple process art activity. Spreading white flour paint in thick layers onto black card. I showed the kids by painting mine in a circle. Our 6 year old chose to cover the whole card on white paint, our 4 year old did her best at copying me and ended with a sort of heart shaped moon.
Using the bottle caps, press them into the paint and lift them off to leave a creator shape. The thicker the layers of paint to begin the more effect there will be.
And as with every great child led activity, children get to choose how they wish to progress with the materials they are given. You can see below how our younger girl progressed with her artwork by adding a colour and using the lids to make eyes….after all there is a man on the moon :)
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