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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mother Goose Time - Planet Earth Art and Learning to Create a Pod and Attach it to a Satellite

Here is a fun Mother Goose Time Earth Day activity to create with your children.
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Planet Earth Art

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Planet Earth Art



Mother Goose Time provides all the supplies you need inside their fun school bus box for the month, but you can also create this activity at home with your own supplies.

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Mother Goose Time sends a box each month will activities for everyday.
As you open the Mother Goose Time box you will see little clear bags full of supplies for everyday.
Mother Goose Time is appropriate for schools and homeschool preschool-age children.


Planet Earth Craft

By Mother Goose Time

Appropriate for children pre-k through elementary-age.

Supplies:

(For Each Child)
  • Black paper
  • White paper
  • Paper plate
(Your Supplies)
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or chalk
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"Mom, Look at the stars I am making!"

Discuss

  • What colors do you think you would see if you could see the whole Earth at once?
"We see blue and green. There is more blue, because there is more water. The green is the land."

Create

  • Invite each child to add blue and green paint to a paper plate. then, press it onto the white paper. (We decided to skip this part and just cut our Earth out of the paper plate.)
  • Encourage him or her to use one hand to hold the paper and the other to spin the plate and pretend it is the Earth.
"The earth spins around the sun, Mom."

"That's right!"
  • While it is drying, use light-colored crayons or chalk to decorate the dark paper. Then, cut out the Earth and glue it on.

Field Trip to Irvine Discovery Science Cube

Creating and Rocket Launching Pods Off the Earth and Attaching Onto Satellites



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The girls enter the Mission Control Center. They are about to design pods to attach to satellites.


One of the many field trips we went on this month was to the Science Cube in Irvine.

The Irvine Science Cube had a new room, which looked like a satellite maintenance and creation station. It wall called Mission Control Center. (At least the room had changed since our last visit. I'm not sure how long it has been there.) The girls loved designing their own pods to rocket launch from the Earth and attach to satellites. They were able to design and give names to all of their pods that they attached to the satellites.


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The girls are designing their own pods to launch and attach to the satellite.
Each pod is given it's own initials.

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 This is exactly the type of thing our youngest daughter is into... Space, science and being creative. She loved all of it.

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You can see our youngest daughter's that she attached to the satellite right here. It is called "MB". She got to choose the initials and design it.


As they finished designing their pod, they saw it launch off of the Earth from their work station and attach onto the satellite on the huge screen in front of them. Each child can work independently at his/her own station, and see their own work, as well as the work of other children working at their own station.

This activity was a lot fun for the girls. They were also able to see a robot-type space vehicle that was used to explore another planet. This vehicle has a research station that can be operated remotely.

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 Here are more pictures of our visit to the Irvine Science Cube.

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 Listening to and learning from the experts... Look at our little one. She was soaking it all in. This is her passion.

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Actively experiencing a wind tunnel.

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 Our little pilot flying a plane... Of course.

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We loved all the hand-on experiences at the Irvine Science Cube!

What a fun day!

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