As we encourage our girls' natural curiosity about the world around them, we want them to learn how to ask questions. We want them to know that it is alright to not have all the answers and encourage them to explore and discover. We want them to see that science happens everywhere - planting flowers at the farm and making cookies in the kitchen. Our goal is to give them opportunities to practice predicting, measuring, observing, and analyzing. Making MOON DOUGH was a fun activity that began with a non-fiction book about the moon. The girls learned that the moon is dark and really dusty and that it has big holes and tall mountains. We read that there is no air or water on the moon, so nothing can live there. As the girls added each ingredient for the moon dough, we talked about the different properties of baking soda, glitter, and water. We discussed the differences and similarities between solids and liquids. Their little minds and hands were really turning as they saw and experienced the change occurring right before their own eyes.
It is so soft.
If feels like powder.
It looks like snow!
It made smoke.
The glitter will make it sparkly.
I like the silver glitter.
Is the dust on the moon sparkly, too?
How will we make it gray like the moon dust?
This will make our hands black.
The water will make it mushy!
It feels like sand at the beach.
It's kind of wet feeling.
It feels good!
It's not like powder anymore.
We can make rocks with it!