The kiddos LOVED this activity! After looking at photos of planet earth taken from space and discussing the colors they see and what they think the blue and green is, we decided to make our own planet earths. Firstly, I drew a big circle in the middle of a paper towel using a black sharpie. (it needs to be waterproof…you will see why.) Then I gave them blue and green thick markers to color planet earth. Once they were done, I gave them a paint brush and a cup filled with water. They needed to wet the whole circle and watch the colors bleed together. Once they were dry, we had them cut on the black line (ahem…this is why it needs to be waterproof – I learned this the hard way 🙂 ) and glue their creations on black A4 construction paper.
* some students wanted to place a small star sticker on their country to show where they come from. I gave them that option if they wanted to.
During my unit on SPACE I had my kiddos make “Splatter Galaxies”. To make these, we provided several colors of tempera paint and black construction paper. (One year, I used neon paint but felt they looked better using regular colors.) I also provided paint brushes and they got to flick the paint on the paper, then sprinkle some glitter. (Everything looks better with glitter right?????) I also had music on and some of the students danced while splattering paint. Some boys even pretended to be ninjas!
OK…now I need to give you some tips I learned the HARD way.
1. One child at a time.
2. Cover ALL surfaces…and I mean EVERYTHING! I “forgot” to pull the chairs away from the table and you can just imagine what happened.
3. If you can do it outside, that would be so much better!
4. Just keep repeating “less is more kiddos, less is more!” I mean some of them were not just splattered, they were covered in paint! 🙂
All I have left to say is that they had so much fun and wanted to keep doing it every week.