Monday, October 27, 2014

Blast Off Into Space

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2014. This month's theme was, "Beyond Our Planet!" Keep reading to learn more about the books we read and crafts we made. There is also a giveaway is at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

We started out reading just one book Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon, but while working on our project below we ended up utilizing two more. The other two books had fun exploring were The Astronomy Book and The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky.

Craft Project: 
Here is the fun craft project we did to go along with this months theme.

Melted Crayon Planets:
So this project did not go entirely as planed, but it was still tons of fun and it does look great. It was definitely a messy project and parental supervision is needed. My children choose to do all the planets and make a giant board with them, but you can just do your favorite planet or make up your very own planet creation. You could even add glitter into the melted crayon to make a sparkly planet. Note the planets will crack a little as they dry, but it just adds to the look.

-Thick cardstock
-Grater, rock, butter knife
-Paper plates
-Rubber glove

What to do:
1. Cut a circle out of the cardstock and place it onto a paper plate.
2. Peel the paper off of the crayons you wish to use and cut, grate or smash them into small pieces.
3. Scatter the crayon bits evenly onto the paper circle, that is on the paper plate. Then place the paper plate into the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time. Check it often to see if the crayons have melted.
4. Once the crayons are melted take a glove covered hand and begin to smash and swirl the melted crayon around to cover the circle. You can also tilt the plate to achieve different looks. As you work the melted crayon you will begin to see some really cool effects and some awesome textures forming. My kids thought this part was so much fun.
5. Let the crayon harden. As mentioned above the crayon will crack some and you will need to be very gentle with them.

You can create the solar system like we did and try to mimic the 9 planets. Or you can just create a single planet to hang in the window.

Free Journal Page: 
Here is a Space Journal Page I made for my children so they could explore space and planets a little more. Download a copy for FREE here

ere is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in Gods Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A  Peace  of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

Beyond Our Planet Bundle Giveaway! 
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space& Astronauts Bucket Playset.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Kiy Shelton said...

We are pretty partial to Earth, although Saturn holds a certain fascination for my gal. I think it's the rings.

Momma Jo said...

Thank you for sharing the freebie. Koko is so excited :) Neptune and Earth are favourite planets here :)

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