Saturday, April 14, 2012
Egg Carton Crafts - Moon
Even though M is totally into garbage trucks right now, he still spends a whole lot of time on his "old" interests, space exploration being one of them. In fact, he insisted we pick up America in Space: NASA's First 50 Years book from the library (it was on display) and has been leafing through it in his spare time.
So late last night he had an idea to make a mock-up lunar surface for his plastic astronauts to practice. It had to be big enough for his lunar module 3D puzzle too. I had an empty egg carton laying around and asked if he would need it. YES!
It was interesting to observe him looking for rocks. He gets easily bored and frustrated with large tasks and I was afraid that was going to happen here as well (since he wanted "a lot of rocks"). But he broke the task down into smaller, more manageable chunks - "now I'll go get 4 rocks and then - 3 more" and ended up collecting 20 or so of them.
Then he glued them onto the sand-covered carton in just the right spots, making sure to leave enough smooth surface for the lunar module to land on (the Sea of Tranquility, you know). And he covered the glue with some more sand. And then we waited (I used the time to make a tiny American flag with a flag sticker, a toothpick and some air-dry clay).
Finally, it was time to put everything together. Black paper first (the darkness of Space), then the Earth (M's WorldBank piggy bank). Then the freshly minted lunar surface. Finally, the astronauts (in white) and cosmonauts (in red), the lunar landing module and the flag were carefully placed. I stepped away to get something and returned back to "The Eagle has landed!" announcement.