We’re getting close to the end of Story Book Summer and this week focuses on one of our favourite themes – SPACE – today I am welcoming Dusty from To the Moon and Back to share an activity based on the book Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks.
Hello Rainy Day Mum fans! I’m Dusty and I blog over at To the Moon and Back about homeschooling, homemaking, and more. I have four young children (ages 8, 6, 4, and nearly 1) and we love to participate in hands on activities related to our reading adventures! Today I want to share with you one of our most recent favorite space books.
Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks was written by the cousin of a personal friend of mine, Anna Browning. I love that we are supporting a local author and it’s really neat to be able to share with my children that their friends know the person that wrote the book we are enjoying! This book is about a rather imaginative son of an astronaut who ends up taking a surprise trip to the moon to find some precious moon rocks to add to his prized rock collection. My children adored this story. My six year old son has recently begun to hunt around our yard and other places to find what he calls “special gems” which are really rocks that he thinks look interesting. His interest has piqued even more after this book and he’s now begun to see if he too can discover one of these rare stones from the moon.
To go along with the story, we decided to make edible moon rocks. What child doesn’t love a craft that they can eat?? To do this, you will be using a chocolate clay as the base. This is a quick and simple activity that your children will love to make and devour!
What you need to make Moon Rocks
- 1 bag of Special Dark chocolate chips
- 1 small bottle of Cake Mate Cupcake Gems Shimmer Silver sprinkles
- 1/3 cup honey
In a large glass bowl, pour all of the chocolate chips. Microwave on high for one minute. The chips will have melted slightly. Stir them and put them back into the microwave for one more minute. Remove them and stir until any remaining chunks are incorporated well.
Pour in the honey and stir some more. Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Dump the chocolate/honey mixture on to it and spread it out until it’s about ½ inch thick. Shake out some sprinkles to cover the surface. Let sit for at least four hours or overnight.
The mixture will solidify, but will also be pliable. When enough time has passed, knead the clay a bit, adding more sprinkles until it is sufficiently sparkling.
Break off small pieces of the clay and shape them into rocks. Pour a little more sprinkles out on your wax paper and roll your rocks gently through them to give them a good shining coating.
There you have it! Moon rocks that you can EAT! A sweet, space themed treat!
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Dusty is a stay at home, homeschooling mother of four and has been married to the love of her life, a Southern gentleman, for 8 years. She is trying to find her own path in this great wide world while devouring chocolate and leaning on the Lord. She blogs about homeschooling, homemaking, motherhood and faith at To the Moon and Back.