Galaxies and Star Stuff!

We read two books during story time, Star stuff:Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos, Goodnight Galaxy

The kids enjoyed both books, but for now Goodnight Galaxy is one I’ll  continue to re-read with Lola (ages)

It’s a lot of information, but quickly explained in a simple to read board book to read before bedtime.

We made galaxies in a jar, galactic slime, and cardstock telescopes for imaginative play time!

Our telescopes and galaxies to go along with our reading of Good Night Galaxy!

Our telescopes and galaxies to go along with our reading of Good Night Galaxy!

Galaxies in a jar

You will need:

  • a jar or any other clear resealable container
  • liquid paints
  • glitter
  • cotton balls
  • water

First, we added water tp fill up a third of each containers space. We then added the paint, closed up our container, and shook it up until it was completely mixed in with the water. We opened the container, sprinkled in a little bit of glitter, star sequins, and cotton balls that had each individually been spread apart. (think puffs to clouds) We stuffed that third of the container with these spread apart cotton balls, then repeated the steps two more times to fill the remaining 2/3 with different colors of paint.

 

Galactic Slime

You will need:

  • 2/3 cup of Sta flo liquid starch
  • 1 bottle of Elmers glue (we used clear)
  • glitter
  • food coloring gels
  • a large plastic bowl to mix in

First, we poured the entire bottle of glue into our bowls and added in food coloring, glitter, then mixed. We then gradually added our liquid starch until we reached our desired consistency. We mixed it together and then kneaded the mixture like dough, until it lifted from the bowl. That’s when our slime was ready to be taken out of the bowl and played with! It was messy, because we did this recipe in three separate containers(3X’s ingredients) to create three different colors that we then blended with one another to create our galaxy of slime. (note: try mixing the colors until you fully reach your consistency, and then continue to add the sta-flo. We instead tried blending them together after the entire process and had a little trouble getting the separated slimes to mix together.) Again, gradually add your starch, start with 1/2 cup and see if you like that result better!

 

I used a tutorial from Mom Dot for the galaxy in a jar, and for the galactic slime, I followed two-daloo! Links are below!

Don’t be intimidated by the slime, it’s definitely messy, but it’s super easy and a lot of fun!

http://www.momdot.com/diy-nebula-jar-instructions/

http://www.two-daloo.com/night-sky-activities-preschool-galaxy-slime-borax-free/#comment-32609

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