This space activity is a hit with preschoolers and young kids. You can add letters to each moon rock for a letter recognition twist, but either way, this gross motor skills activity makes a great addition to any homeschool space study.
I’ve seen clever ideas for making homemade “smashers” as my son calls them, but we haven’t delved into that world yet. But, while searching for space gross motor activities, I came across this moon rock smashing idea from StirtheWonder.com.
I had no clue it was so easy! And I really wasn’t expecting them to be made out of cotton balls.
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- Here are 25 Space Activities for your Preschooler’s Space theme!
- Here’s a list of Space Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- Here are 25 Space Crafts for your Preschooler
- Here’s a list of 16 Fun & Delicious Space-Themed Snacks for your Kids
- Here are some fun Space Facts for Kids
- Solar System in Motion Song for Preschoolers
Space Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Planet Suncatchers
- Planet Puppets Printable
- Fizzing Planets
- Moon Rock Exploration (with Printable Worksheet)
- Asteroid Toss Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- I-Spy Space Busy Bag (with Printable)
- Rocket Name Building Activity
- Edible Constellations Activity
- Space Playdough Invitation to Play
- Space Sensory Bin
- Solar System Match Worksheet Set
- Paper Plate Planets Craft
- What Makes Night Science Exploration
- Moon Observation Journal Astronomy Study for Kids
- Telescope Craft for Preschoolers
- Moon Phases Oreo Worksheet for Preschoolers
- Space Coloring Book for Preschoolers
- Astronaut Dramatic Play Station (+ Printable Bundle)
Smash the Moon Rocks Activity
Here’s what you need for Moon Rock “Smashers”
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring
- Cotton balls
How to make Moon Rock “Smashers”
1. Mix together water and flour until smooth.
2. Add a few drops of a brown or black food coloring to hopefully get a grey mixture.
3. Coat the cotton balls in the flour mixture and lay out on a baking sheet.
4. Bake at 300*F for 45 minutes.
5. Once cooled, write letters on the moon rocks.
6. Take them outside with a hammer and let your child smash the letters you call out.
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