Create a sensory, small world play scene to replicate the moon’s surface and provide hours of space imaginative play for your little ones! Using recycled materials and homemade moon dust, it’s easy to set up and can lead to plenty of learning opportunities and creative story-telling too.
Make your own moon dust!
6 cups fine salt
large squirt of liquid black food colouring (or 1/2 tsp gel colouring mixed with few drops water)
2-4 tbsp baby powder or flour
generous sprinkle of silver glitter
We also used this moon dust to practise early writing skills in this previous post.
You also need:
empty egg cartons
a large tray or tub
We lined a large, under-bed storage box (our sensory tub of choice at the moment, from Ikea!) with some sheets of tin foil. Then we stuck down some large egg cartons, some bumpy-side up and some the right way up, using doubled over sticky tape. In some of the empty areas at the bottom and sides, we glued down a few pieces of bubble wrap to create some variety in texture.
Then we tipped in the moon dust, making sure it covered all the recycled craters and shiny foil, and added in some moon buggy and space station toys, complete with little astronaut figures! This set had previously belonged to the girls’ boy cousins and is what has prompted a sudden interest in all things “spacey” recently!
This sensory small world play has proved popular with their friends too, and has been played with for a few weeks now! When we are finished with it, the moon dust will be stored in a glass jar and used for more sensory writing tray sessions in the future.
Here are 5 great books about space to read with this project!
fine motor skills, sensory exploration, new vocabulary, language skills, story telling, positional language, creativity, creating art in 3-dimensions, combining materials, creativity, imaginative play
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