Hello and welcome back for another great blog post following our theme of space. This week I am going to share loads of great activities and crafts, kicking off with these great colouring pages, it's been a while since I included any colouring pages so if you like these and would like more just use the search bar above. If this is your first time visiting our site then please make sure you go to the bottom of this blog post to see our other space related articles or try out the search bar above to search for anything you are interested in we have loads of content waiting for you.
Erupting Moon Rocks
This uses our moon dough recipe that you can find here. Make the moon dough as we have done previously adding water to make sure they are really moist. Using a squeeze bottle is a good way of keeping control over how much water you are adding. Be careful, if you add too much the dough will just dissolve (the baking soda will dissolve). Now to turn them into moon rocks, you need to leave them to one side to dry out. Indoors they will take a long time so you will need to leave them overnight to make sure they have dried out. If you are doing this on a nice hot sunny day (lucky you in the UK) than a few hours outside in the sun should do the trick. Once they are solid, you cadd some vinegar into the squeezy bottles, when the kids squeeze some vinegar on the rocks there should be a reaction with the bicarbonate of soda. Im not sure wether every type of vinegar will work oil the same way, we used white wine vinegar (thats all I had in the cupboard) but that worked, Im pretty sure that cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar will work too. Not sure about malt vinegar, give it a go and let me know on Facebook.
This is lots of fun and super easy to do, we can't wait to give this a try over the summer. Here's what you'll need, I have put all the Amazon links below too so you can save some time.
- Sculpey Clay in assorted colors (Red, Yellow, Gold, White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green)
- Baking Pan
- Aluminum Foil
- Optional: Extra Star Beads
To make these spacey clay necklaces, you need to first make your Sculpey clay pliable and soft. When you first pull it out of the package it’s slightly hard and rectangular. Just roll the clay around in your hands for it to become pliable and soft. This may be difficult for very small children so you may have to help. Whenever you look at photos of the various planets in our solar system or of the galaxy, you’ll probably notice all the beautiful, swirling colors. To recreate this effect, roll various colors of clay together to create your beads.
Once you get the colors and effect that you want, roll the clay into balls and push a skewer through them. Cover a baking dish with aluminum foil. Then, bake the beads according to the directions on the package. When you pull your beads out, they’ll be hot. But they’ll soon cool down and you’ll end up with clay beads that are really quite solid. String your planet beads according to the order of the planets around the sun and your galaxy-inspired beads into whatever fun design you’d like. You can also mix in other beads too. Adding the star beads makes for a nice extra touch, Tie the two ends of cord together and boom you're done.
That's it for this week but we will be back next week for our last Space adventure where I show you some really cool ideas for a space theme birthday party. If you think about, look back at all the Space posts and related posts below and you are already well on your way to create an amazing Space party so I am looking forward to sharing with you the party ideas I have to add to what we have done so far. See you soon.