Did you see our Solar System Inspired Poetry Earlier in the week, inspired by this further we’re finishing off our storybook Summer posts and today I welcome Terri from Creative Family Fun to share a fun Space inspired book and art activity with you.
If you decide to go to the moon… well, it would take a lot of work! And since it’s quite difficult to actually go to the moon, we decided to bring the moon to our house. We here at Creative Family Fun had so much fun going out of this world for Storybook Summer. We learned all about the moon, made our own versions, and learned how all those craters are formed.
Our first step was to learn all about the moon. We started with the book If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. We took an imaginary journey from our backyard to the moon. We learned about what it’s like in space from take-off to landing, then we got to explore the moon itself. I love this book because it’s packed full of facts but is told in a storybook style.
Next, it was time to make our own version. We were inspired by this post by No Time For Flashcards to use puffy paint on our moons. It was easy, fun, and so messy that we took it outside.
White (pva) glue
Black liquid watercolor, paint, or food coloring
Large paint brushes (sponge brushes work great)
To make your puffy moon paint
mix two parts shaving cream to one part glue. Basically, if you have 1 cup of shaving cream, use 1/2 of glue. Use whatever ratio will make the amount of paint you need. We used 1 cup of shaving cream for both projects. I mixed ours up in a tin pie plate that we use for crafting. Use a container that you don’t use for food. Mix your paint up carefully so that you don’t lose all the air in the shaving cream. Use the folding method like you would for whipped cream. Finally add some black paint to make it gray. Add as much as you need to get the color you want. I used black liquid watercolors and ended up with a bluish grey color.
Next, it’s time to paint. Paint a thick coat all over your paper plate. We kept adding until we used up all the paint.
Once you’re done painting, it’s time to make your craters. We used marbles and dropped them onto the surface of our moon. This is the point where everything gets messy! Experiment with dropping from different heights. Use different sized marbles. Have fun!
One thing we discovered is that when we dropped the marbles on the wet paint, it didn’t necessarily look like moon craters. But, just trust the process. Once our puffy paint dried, we had some amazing craters on our moon.
Of course, if you get tired of dropping marbles, feel free to get in there and make craters with your fingers!
Set your moon aside and let them dry for a few hours. You’ll see the craters more clearly once the paint begins to dry. Now your trip to the moon is complete.
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Terri is the founder and writer at Creative Family Fun.
She loves spending time with her girls and creativing fun activities they can do together. She has a passion for helping families spend intentional time together through learning activities, crafts, and other fun ideas.
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