We've been getting some excellent views of the moon, this week. It really is true, that you get the best views of the moon's craters, if you view them when the moon is not full, and focus on the craters nearest to the dark edge. Even just with a spotting scope, it can be a spectacular sight.
Spectacular enough to inspire our snack last night, with the help of an idea from Jim Wiese's Cosmic Science.
I gave the children each a bowl of smooth, vanilla, "moon", pudding, but I held back the spoons, to keep them from digging right in.
Then, I gave them a few chocolate chip meteors, and let them go to work decorating the surface of their moons.
Of course, our meteorites didn't break up on impact, and so had to be removed/eaten to reveal the cratered artwork underneath, but the idea was there.
Finally, while the children finished off the pudding, we reviewed the phases of the moon with Franklyn M. Branley's The Moon Seems to Change. It's a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, though not one of our favorites of Branley's. Mickey's Magnet holds that honor. But, it does contain instructions for a simple do at home science experiment to show the phases of the moon, which we might try sometime.
For today though, you can find more story stretching arts and crafts at this week's stART (story + ART) link-up, at A Mommy's Adventures.
It's great to be a homeschooler.