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This is the final post in my Night Sky series of three.  If you missed the first two, you can read Part 1 and Part 2.  This last post in the series explores some Full Moon Artwork (What Does the Moon see?), I share a free printable for Counting Stars, and we try out Galaxy Play-Dough!  

What Does The Moon See?

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Inspired by the Moon Activities at What Do We Do All Day?, I decided to have Yummy start some monthly full moon artwork.  This month is the Beaver Moon, apparently, but more than the moon's name, I wanted her to think about what the full moon was "seeing" this month, so that we could see how that changes over the year.  Yummy dutifully shared all the things she thought the full moon would be seeing at this time of year: brown trees, brown grass, etc., but promptly decided she would prefer a summer moon and drew a red flower and a leafy green tree, surrounded by water.  If you can't see those things in her moon above, don't worry, I needed her guidance as well. 

Dooter and I also enjoyed drawing on full moons. (Notice my new art table for the kids???!!  I am so excited about it -I just reorganized our art-making space in the kitchen to make room for both.  I am planning on posting some photos in a new post, soon!)   
Dooter and I hung our moons on Yummy's night sky painting, but Yummy decided to stick hers lower on the wall.  

Counting Stars: Free Printable

I created a Counting Stars worksheet for Yummy for this unit.  It's fun for working on counting skills as well as fine motor skills.  I gave her some small stickers to cover up each star as she counted it.  Dooter enjoyed putting stickers on his sheet as well (though he only knows the number three so far).  Since the stickers were hard for him to peel off, I put some on the edge of a little plate for him to pull off easily and place on his sheet.

 You can click on the picture below or here to download your own copy of this printable.
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Galaxy Play-Dough

And I just had to try making this Galaxy Play-dough from Fairy Dust Teaching as well!  I looked and looked at grocery stores for black food colouring, to no avail, until my sister-in-law very cleverly suggested I use the gel colouring for cake icing.  Of course!  I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it, and it did work wonderfully.  The play-dough is so richly black!
Hope you've enjoyed exploring the night sky as much as we have!  I'd love to hear any fun ideas you have for exploring the moon and stars as well!

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11/24/2013 01:00:19 am

I'm so happy we inspired you. I LOVE how yours turned out and they look great on the sky background.

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11/25/2013 10:41:11 am

How nice of you to stop by, Erica! I'm looking forward to making more full moon art each month!

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