Along with our astronomy lesson on earth we talked about the various layers that make up our planet. I’ve always wanted to make a play-dough model of the layers of the earth, here was my our chance.
After reading the text in Apologia Astronomy we took a look at these Parts of the Earth Nomenclature Cards from Montessori for Everyone. We matched up the definition cards and using the mini-poster as a guide created our own little book of the parts of the earth to place in Skeeterbug’s notebooking journal.
Click the pictures to see a closer view. The book discusses what you would find when you are digging your hole to the other side. Great book, very detailed, lots of discussion points.
Then we made our play-dough earth. This was definitely the most colours I’ve made at once, I think the most we’ve done before is two. We used cocoa powder for the brown, which worked very well but gave it a slightly different texture from the others.
Random land masses. I was not going for accuracy at this point.
Hmmm, I think you forgot to put Australia on here.
But I forgive you and aren’t I cute? (That’s my We Choose Virtues poster in the background, waiting to be hung in it’s new home in our kitchen.)
After all that hard work I did, we sliced it in half.
I know the proportions are all wrong, but they got the point. And I got to take pictures of all the lovely colours! 🙂
Look at that missing tooth! He made it all the way to 7.5 before losing his first one.
This project seemed like it took an entire afternoon! But the kids love to be in the kitchen and it was fun to spend all this time with them.
(As opposed to all the other time I spend with them. Everyday. All day. The curse blessing of being a homeschool mum. For some reason there was less bickering this day, so it was fun.)
Their favourite part of making play-dough is adding the colours. Ladybug loves her play-dough. She is the only one that has continued to play with it since then. The activity listed in the notebooking journal was to make an edible earth out of rice bubbles (krispies), a red gumdrop, and melted chocolate chips. I thought this would be better, but shhhh! Don’t tell my children, they’ll feel cheated. Skeeterbug is looking very forward to the lesson on Mars so that we can make an edible Mars rover. I don’t think I’ll be able to get out of that one!