The moon in your night sky may not fizz and bubble like this fizzy paint moon craft, but it’s still a fun way to dig into astronomy, chemistry, and art all at the same time! Let’s get into a cool STEAM project with our favorite chemical reaction, baking soda, and vinegar.
FIZZY PAINT MOON CRAFT!
WHAT IS STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, and is an education approach to learning for kids. STEAM encourages problem solving, inquiry, collaboration with others, and critical thinking, and with a focus on the Arts!
LEARN ABOUT THE MOON WITH STEAM
Get ready to add this simple moon art activity and craft to your space theme lesson plans this season. If you want to learn about the phases of the moon and explore STEAM with fizzy paint, let’s get started! While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun space activities.
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FIZZY PAINT MOON CRAFT
Let’s whip up a batch of fizzing baking soda paint and use the opportunity to learn about the different phases of the moon and what causes us to see only part of the moon! This fun moon craft lets kids get creative and learn some simple astronomy in the process.
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YOU WILL NEED:
- Black card stock or heavyweight paper
- Baking Soda
- Spray bottle or pipette
- Craft Paint
- Cups and mixing utensils
While you have the baking soda out, make these fizzing moon rocks for moon theme science and STEM!
HOW TO MAKE BAKING SODA PAINT
1: Fill up a small spray bottle with vinegar and set aside.
2: In a few separate cups, mix a 1/2 tablespoon of paint with a tablespoon of baking soda.
3: Draw a circle on a piece of black card stock.
4: Use the paint brushes to paint the Moon with different shades of blue (the paint should be thick). Let your Moon dry and draw a few stars around it with a white crayon or marker.
5: Once the moon painting is completely dry, use the spray bottle to squirt vinegar onto it and watch it fizz.
Go ahead and make a whole solar system of fizzy Moons, planets, stars, and sun!
FIZZY PAINT TIPS
As I mentioned above, you want to make sure the paint is on the thicker side when you mix the ingredients together. Generally a 1:1 ratio is good.
Also, make sure to spread the paint on in a thick layer for best fizzy results. Additionally, you want to make sure your masterpiece moon is dry before working with the vinegar.
Extend this Moon theme STEAM activity by cutting out the different shapes for the phases of the Moon and painting them with the baking soda paint as well. You can read a full description here… phases of the moon.
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THE SCIENCE OF BAKING SODA PAINT
The science behind this fizzy paint moon craft is the chemical reaction that occurs between the baking soda and the vinegar!
Baking soda is a base, and vinegar is an acid. When the two combine, they make a gas called carbon dioxide. You can hear the fizz, see the bubbles, and even feel the fizz if you hold your hand close to the surface of the paper.
Combine the simple science of this chemical reaction with a cool art project for STEAM. Science + Art = STEAM!
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