We’ve just finished our lesson on Mercury. Our project for this lesson was to make craters, Mercury is covered in craters. This is the good old drop-some-rocks-in-some-flour project. Simple, but we haven’t done this before so I knew the kids would enjoy it. I read a tip here to cover the flour in cocoa powder so that you can see the craters better. It worked well. The first drop…
The rocks bounced a bit.
It was easy to see how rocks of different shapes and sizes made craters of different shapes and sizes.
I wanted Skeeterbug to have a go by himself (he’s the one officially studying astronomy, the others are tagging along) so I didn’t round up the other two when we started. It wasn’t too long before Ladybug found us.
Jitterbug wasn’t far behind. Apparently the boys were sharing the pirate costume that day, as Skeeterbug has on the shirt and Jitterbug is sporting the headband.
Notice how Ladybug is just hanging there, swinging her feet back and forth, waiting for someone to bring her some more rocks.
We started with only one big rock but the others wanted their own. The big rocks quickly outnumbered the small ones. Fighting over rocks ensued.
After many craters the layer of cocoa was well mixed into the flour.
Ladybug carefully lined up her rocks on the post next to her each time before she climbed up on the railing.
Love little feet. 🙂
The only bad part of the project was when Jitterbug wouldn’t listen to me about not dropping rocks when someone else was near the tray, I had to send him inside for a bit and he was very unhappy. Ah, the realities of homeschooling kids of different ages. Jitterbug is very good at pulling sad faces that tear your heart out.
Here’s my Pinterest astronomy board, I’m building it as we go.