As a tribute to National 🚀Space Day, which is held annually on the first Friday in May, we are making a DIY Moon craft, but first, we learn about it. The Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. There are three theories as to how our planet's satellite could have been created: the giant impact hypothesis, the co-formation theory, and the capture theory. The prevailing theory, the giant impact hypothesis suggests that the moon formed when an object, known as Theia, the Mars-sized body, collided with Earth, throwing vaporized chunks of the young planet's crust into space. Gravity bound the ejected particles together, creating a moon that is the largest in the solar system in relation to its host planet. This sort of formation would explain why the moon is made up predominantly of lighter elements, making it less dense than Earth — the material that formed it came from the crust while leaving the planet's rocky core untouched. Read more interesting facts about the Moon here.
This DIY Moon craft is a fun project to express creativity while learning about the Moon and conducting a science acid-base reaction experiment. Detailed instructions are below.
Trace a circle on a cardboard.
Take another cardboard piece and trace another circle on it and pour glue in the middle.
Pour baking soda on top of the glue.
Now, invite your child to put on a scientist cap on and perform an acid-base reaction experiment by squirting vinegar over the baking soda.
We have done a few acid-base reaction experiments, and children never seize to be amazed by the bubbles and the fizz.
Next, we added few drops of diluted black coloring to give the Moon its grayish look.
Finishing off the moon with glitter.
Now, going back to the cardboard where the circle was cut out, paint it with blue and purple color (we are using these washable finger paints). And, to exercise those fine motor skills, offer the child to paint with a pom pom while holding the pom pom with a peg.
We ended up with a dark ~ galaxy like-color.
Add glitter to the paint while it is still wet.
More glitter! This time holographic chunky glitter.
Now, have your cardboard pieces ready as you will be gluing one on top of the other.
Use a glue-gun to adhere the two cardboard pieces together.
Let it dry, and your Moon craft can be framed to decorate a wall in your child's room.
I hope this Moon DIY will spark questions such as "Why do we only see one part of the Moon?" or "Why there are craters on the Moon?" and so forth.
Find out Space inspired books and materials we are using here ~ in a 🌌Cosmos 🚀Space ☄️Universe Inspired Themed Unit Study. For more Moon DIY, see below:
See here 🌑Lunar Craters No-Cook 🏡Homemade Play Dough 🌙Sensory Bin.
For more acid-base reactions and the science behind this experiment, see posts below:
See here a video of "🌋 Erupting Volcano Science Experiment" 🔬 💡⚖️ 101 🎥 Series 🎇.
Also, see here a video"🎨Painting with 🌈Colored Vinegar on Baking Soda Experiment."
Fianlly, see here a video-post "Magic🎈Balloon (Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction)."
I hope you enjoyed our DIYs and science crafts. Please, leave a comment which one did you like better!