The playdough was turned into moon rock and was black with silver sparkles. The role play area was made into a planet. Drapes covered the area to give it a mystical feel. There was a green alien living inside and the dark den next to it became a moon lander that was very dark with torches to give it a spooky light.
We practised getting ready for our rocket launch by pretending to put on our space suits, heavy moon boot, helmets and gloves. We talked about needing oxygen and strapping ourselves firmly into our seats. We then began the countdown 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and we were off......................................
Other activities have included baking space biscuits, saltdough rockets, building cardboard rockets, making helmets, alien headbands and moon pictures.
We have some lovely new space books that we have been sharing with the children. These have helped us all to understand how we need oxygen to breathe, why we would need to wear space suits and the difficulties of zero gravity.
On Friday we made some space gloop with cornflour and water for the small plastic aliens to play in. This was great fun and the children were fascinated by the strange solid and yet gloopy texture.
The whole week has been so successful with many activities not yet fully explored. We have decided to carry this theme on through next week. We plan to go on our own space walk just like Tim Peake so we can fix the outside of our space craft and look for new planets.
We had a lovely end of the week where we celebrated a childs birthday with cake and some party hats brought in by his mother.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Look up into the night sky and talk about the stars and moon. See if you can see the space station. To find out when and where to look Google spotthestation.nasa.gov
Practise walking as if on the moon with no gravity – great fun!