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Space Activities #14: Chalk Moon Footprints

Is it really the 47th anniversary of the moon landing? We couldn’t walk on the moon so instead we made chalk moon footprints on the patio. What a fun play-of-the-day and space activity idea.

chalk moon footprint activiity
Edwin Aldrin, NASA via Wikimedia Commons

When he walked on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Because there is no atmosphere and erosion from wind and water, the footprints are still there. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a photo of one of his.

chalk moon footprints

Maybe from hearing about it on the news or listening as we talked around the table, when we went outside to the patio, Little Sister took off her sandal and traced around it with sidewalk chalk. She asked for help with the tracing but colored inside the outline by herself. Unlike the moon, where the water is frozen, she dipped a paint brush from the outside toybox and painted over it with water. Then she scrubbed at it with an old dish brush which is another sort of toy. Soon, her footprint had disappeared. Big Sister made one too.

chalk moon footprints

Drawing is another sort of expression for kids. It starts with scribbles and lines as kids discover they have the power to make marks. Later, their marks represent something and we may be able to recognize what it is. Not all drawings though will look like an object. Sometimes kids just draw shapes and colors but whatever they do, it will be meaningful for them.

chalk moon footprints

For some fun today, give kids a few sticks of sidewalk chalk and let them draw and color. Sidewalks, patios, decks, and driveways are like giant pieces of paper with lots and lots of space. Even if they are not coloring any planets, asteroids, rockets, stars, or chalk moon footprints, it can still be a space activity. Can they fill up the space? Wonder if the astronauts were tempted to draw in the dirt on the moon?

Space Fun #9: Space Art Activities for Kids

The possibilities for space art activities are like space: endless. From simple to complex, easy to challenging, there are ones to appeal to all kids.

What shape are planets? As far as we know, they are round. In pictures, planets are circles. A very special kind of paper is circles and it’s found right in the kitchen. Coffee filters. While they are only one shape, planets can be any color.

space art activities

Using markers, kids color all over the coffee filter planets. They can do just one or as many as they like. Fortunately, dollar stores have really big packs of filters at very reasonable prices. Once the planets are ready, it’s time for some art and science magic. Protecting the table or counter with an old towel is a good idea, especially before doing the next part.

What do scientists hope to find on planets? They look for water. With a squirt bottle, kids spray water on the planets. This makes the colors of the markers spread out and blend, changing colors in some places as the water and colors mix. When dry, these are colorful to hang up in a window. Since the filters are so light, a small piece of tape is usually enough.

Kids might want to name their planet. Are the colors different things on the planets? Water might not be blue on another planet, it could be red or purple. Plants might be pink or yellow instead of green. This could be either confusing or helpful for learning colors. Wouldn’t it be unusual if mud was a bright color instead of brown or grey?

Some planets might be all one color. Squirting with water creates different effects even with all the same color. Coloring and squirting is also a fun way to create aliens.

Not all children are particularly interested in art, even space art activities. Nor, do all kids like to draw and color. But a squirt bottle adds a whole lot more fun factor. Maybe this play-of-the-day is playnetary?

Space Activities #7: Children’s Space Songs

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to…sing some children’s space songs and do the actions too. This is a great way to have fun while learning. Ready? Blast off!

children's space songs

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon is a well-known space song for kids. There are a few variations and most of the time, the countdown starts at 5. Often, kids want to do all the numbers so start at the usual 10. You can also make up your own words and actions. Some planets are hard to rhyme.

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’ll be there very soon.

If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon.

In 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Blast Off!

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to planet Mars.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’ll see lots of stars.

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to Jupiter.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’ll start our computer.

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to see Neptune.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re leaving very soon.

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to planet Saturn.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
The rings are like a pattern.

We’ll maybe skip Venus, although kids who know the names of the planets might sing that one with the obvious rhyme anyway. For actions, you can slide one hand off the other for zoom, put arms together over head for moon, and walk fingers up the arm for rocket ship. Here’s a video with the tune and actions:

Here are some other words to the well-known Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little planet,
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune,
Don’t forget the tiny Pluto.
Twinkle, twinkle, little planet,
Maybe one day we will visit.

Singing encourages several strategies and skills, like memory for sounds and words, using rhythm, careful listening, coordinating actions and words, matching voices, patterns, and more. Astronaut Chris Hadfield took his guitar to space and sang from the International Space Station to us on Earth. While the space probe Juno has captured the sound of Jupiter, we don’t know if there are any words. Do you know some other children’s space songs?

Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

There are so many great reasons to include singing in your child’s day. For inspiration, here are two children’s transportation songs. One of the most popular children’s transportation songs is The Wheels on the Bus. It’s been around for generations of kids and recorded by many children’s musicians and bands. There are translations in dozens … Continue reading Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble packaging is not just fun to pop. Along with a few other recycled items, it can be used to create some amazing bubble art for a play-of-the-day. If you’ve ever done any wall painting, you’ve likely used a paint roller. You can make one for kids by rolling bubble wrap around a cardboard tube. … Continue reading Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble Art Mothers Day Cards Kids Can Make

Hand-made cards are treasures that mothers keep for years. Here are some bubble art Mothers Day cards kids can make at home. There are several sites that suggest blowing colored bubbles and dipping a paper into them. I’ll admit to being skeptical about this.The bubbles don’t look colored, so how can they leave a color … Continue reading Bubble Art Mothers Day Cards Kids Can Make

Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun

Having fun with musical toys and homemade instruments for kids is today’s play-of-the-day. Did you see the Google doodle for the theremin, a musical instrument played with hands but without touching? It inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones and these ideas too.Kids enjoy making noise, er music, and will use ordinary items they find … Continue reading Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun