The theme for 2019 National Science Week is Destination Moon: more missions, more science,
This theme is a way for teachers and their students to discover past missions to the Moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems—and current and future space programs, operations and missions. Many of these use big picture thinking in science to solve problems, and technology, engineering and mathematics to design new solutions. This will help forge our future paths in the areas of space operations, space science, Earth observations, positioning systems and communications.
We have created an easy but stunning DIY Moon activity that will be sure to get the entire classroom involved, featured in the Term 3 edition of edextras: your inspiration publication.
001198 Mixed Balloons Pack of 100
489846 Educational Experience Project Paste 2L
501306 Impasto 3D Paint White 500ml
501135 Educational Experience Metallic Lustre Paint Silver 2L
Step 1: Inflate a balloon to the ideal size of your moon
Step 2. We used recycled Educational Experience catalogues and Educational Experience Project Paste to build up papier mache layers on top of the balloon. We found adding scrunched up paper to each layer of papier mache added more size and shape to our moon. We let each layer dry before adding another.
Step 3. We formed craters by shaping paper with project paste
Step 4. Leave to fully dry
Step 5. Once dry, we painted our moon with Impasto white 3D paint which gave our moon some nice texture
Step 6. We added some Educational Experience Metallic Lustre Paint to give the moon some shine!
Step 7. Leave to dry and voila!
Extend the Learning
You can add paint in different colours to add more interest to your moon. You can also try using this technique to create a whole solar system with planets and stars!