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Recipe for a Moon

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Patrons use common food items to model the interiors of the Moon and Earth.

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Hints for uses in your library This activity uses food, so be mindful of potential allergens. See the "Facilitator Notes" for a helpful, easy-to-understand 4.5-billion-year history of Earth and our Moon.
Related Links Websites:
NASA: Moon to Mars
Facts About the Moon
NASA Spaceplace: The Moon
The Moon's Phases in Oreos
NASA on Earth's Moon
A Peek into the Moon's Interior
Exploring the Moon Educator Guide
On the Moon Educator Guide

Images:
Earth's Moon
Global Images of Earth

Videos:
European Space Agency Video: Building a Moon Base
NOVA video: Extreme Temperatures on the Moon
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio: Tour of the Moon 4k
Kid on the Moon
Originating Source Lunar and Planetary Institute
Related Books
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The Moon
Here We Are : Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing
Look Inside Space
Moon Base Alpha Series
Astronomy: Cool women in space
The Moon Book
How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-This-World Adventure
Spaceships and Rockets
Science Adventures with Max the Dog
CatStronauts

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12/17/2018

Edible earth and moon!

We did this at an outreach program with the after school kids at the local elementary school. They really enjoyed this program and were pretty excited to learn that the moon had layers just like the earth. Cutting the models open to see they layers was a neat effect that they loved! Comparing the sizes of the two models helped as well. Despite that we drove home the point that kids should not lick their fingers or eat the model ahead of time . . .some still did! Which is why I am glad I opted to have them each build their own instead of working in groups on one model. However, that came to not be as clever when some of them did manage to eat most of their models and the sugar rush took over, lol! I recommend purchasing the Walmart "Great Value" store brand of rice krispy treats if you can find them for this - they are cheaper and larger, so you can alter the recipe to use four instead of five rice krispy treats.

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10/26/2018

Recipe for a Moon

Our library hosted this program for a small group. The Moon was super easy to make, for smaller children the rice krispies were harder to mold, you defiantly need volunteers for this activity or parent participation. The earth was a little more difficult only because our sprinkles didn't want to stick to the earth! Perhaps use blue and green fruit by the foot type materials instead?

Besides that, our group had a great time learning about all the parts of the moon and earth, some of our kids were surprised that the moon was more than just a big rock!

We would recommend this activity at your library.

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09/26/2018

Recipie for a non-edible moon

We have so many food allergies in our community that I decided not to chance it and adapted this activity using non-food items. We had a blast and the kids really enjoyed making their moons. I had a great discussion with the kids around their knowledge of the moon and they were very interested in the different layers.

Here's what I used:
Clay (Rice Krispie Tread)
Marble (cinnamon candy)
Gray craft sand (cocoa mix and powdered sugar)
Black buttons (chocolate chips)

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Recipe for a Moon

Recipe for a Moon

Patrons use common food items to model the interiors of the Moon and Earth.