During my search for space activities for Peas and Pie, I came across two crater activities that were too good to pass up.
With playdough and foil, what’s not to love? We had a ton of fun, and I hope that you and your little Trailblazer do too!
Gift of Curiosity’s How did the moon get its craters?
Katie at Gift of Curiosity set up a simple activity to demonstrate that the Moon got its craters from meteors, asteroids, and other space debris that crashed into it and the Earth billions of years ago.
In her activity, the kids used modeling clay to construct their moons and fingers and rocks to make craters.
We did this activity at home with playdough and balls (and of course fingers).
We used a simple no-cook playdough recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Toss ’em in a bowl, stir, and adjust as needed.
I’ve also seen some recipes include 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar or a table spoon of oil. I’m sure that they work great. We didn’t use those in our playdough for this activity, and it was just fine.
Peas and Pie experimented with poking holes in their playdough with the ball and with their fingers.
Pie rolled it flat in a lid and made a “Moon pizza.”
Pinay Homeschooler’s Simple Experiments: Making Craters
Jae at Pinay Homeschooler and her kids explored making craters on soft and hard surfaces in their making craters activity. They found that the craters formed best over the soft surface, just like craters that are made on the soft layer of dust on the surface of the moon.
To do this activity at home, we got out a towel and foil. Then we moved our crater play stations down to the floor.
Peas and Pie fist tried making craters by dropping their playdough moons onto the towel. They discovered that the crater doesn’t stay this way. We talked about how this is like erosion and other natural events “erasing” the craters on the surface of the Earth.
Next, we put the foil over the towel and tried again with the ball and their playdough meteors.
To their delight, their craters stayed. They made more craters by dropping their playdough meteors and smashing the meteors into the foil.
We talked about how this is like the surface of the Moon that shows impressions of all of the meteors and asteroids hitting it.
How else do you think you could make a crater?
Get your space play on with the Starry Art + Facts activity (and more) in the Trailblazer Club Free Library.