There’s no place like the moon or space! Kids love to explore places like space because it’s so mysterious, and beautiful. Have you ever watched the first lunar landing with your kids? It was made by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969! The men collected samples and brought them back to Earth. Do you think they collected these fizzing moon rocks? Make your own moon rocks for a cool space activity this year.
FIZZING MOON ROCKS ACTIVITY FOR COOL SPACE THEME
SPACE THEME FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Get ready to add this simple fizzy moon rock activity to your space theme lesson plans this season. If you want to explore a cool chemical reaction while learning about the moon, let’s get started. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun moon theme activities.
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FIZZING MOON ROCKS
Let’s get right to learning how to make these fizzing moon rocks for the upcoming lunar landing anniversary. Head to the kitchen, open the pantry and grab the simple supplies to whip up this fizzy mixture. Make sure to have plenty of baking soda and vinegar on hand because your kids will want to make tons of these cool “rocks”.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Black, blue, purple food coloring
- Pipette, meat baster, squeeze bottle
MOON ACTIVITY SET UP:
STEP 1: Add a few cups of baking soda to a bowl. This will be a recipe you play by ear depending on how many moon rocks you want to make!
STEP 2: In a separate container color the water as desired. We chose a dark spacey theme. Just remember once it mixes with the white baking soda, it won’t be as dark.
STEP 3: Slowly add the colored water to the baking soda a little bit at a time. Add a few shakes of glitter if desired.
TIP: You want to aim for a crumbly mixture that makes a “snowball” when packed together.
STEP 4: Shape the mixture into your moon rocks. They don’t have to be perfect and can be any size. You can wrap in saran wrap to help keep the shape in the freezer.
STEP 5: Let them harden in the freezer for a half hour or more.
STEP 6: Put the moon rocks in a baking dish and set out a bowl of white vinegar with a pipette, baster, or squirt bottle.
STEP 7: Make them fizz! Using your chosen tool for experimenting, have your kids squirt some vinegar onto a moon rock and observe what happens! Because the moon rocks were frozen, they should last a bit longer during the fizzing step for more fun!
FIZZY MOON ROCK TIPS FOR HOME OR CLASSROOM
This is a super simple mixture to whip up for any theme! Think snowballs for winter!
- If your mixture is too wet or runny, add more baking soda.
- If your mixture crumbles apart after you pack it together, add a tiny bit more water!
Make sure to do this activity with the moon rocks in a baking dish or tray as it can get messy!
Encourage kids to get their hands into this one! Feel the fizz, see the fizz, hear the fizz! Don’t like the smell of vinegar, use lemon juice instead!
THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR
Science doesn’t have to be complicated for young kids. It just needs to get them curious about learning, observing, and exploring. This moon science activity is all about a cool chemical reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar. This is an easy chemistry experiment for kids that is sure to create a love for science.
The baking soda is a base and the vinegar is an acid. When you combine the two, you produce a gas called carbon dioxide. You can see, hear, feel, and smell the chemical reaction. You can also do this with citrus fruits too! Do you know why citrus works? Fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits are acidic!
Also, explore states of matter! Liquids, solids, and gasses. Which is which? Baking soda is a solid, vinegar is a liquid, and the carbon dioxide produced from the reaction is the gas.
Baking soda and vinegar science activities like these fizzing moon rocks is a really fun and unique way to introduce young kids to the world of chemistry.
MORE FUN MOON ACTIVITIES
- Moon Phases Craft For Kids
- Making Moon Craters
- Oreo Moon Phases
- Glow In The Dark Puffy Paint Moon
- Fizzy Paint Moon Craft
EASY TO MAKE FIZZING MOON ROCKS ACTIVITY FOR SPACE SCIENCE
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