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Now accepting reservations for private Small Group Visits starting in May 2021

Small Group Visits

Moon Rock Creation

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  • Cotton Balls
  • Paint/Food Coloring
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Baking Sheet
  1. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add paint or food coloring to your mixture. (Optional: Make multiple colors for more variation to your rocks.)
  3. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Dip cotton balls into the flour and paint mixture, then set them on your baking sheet.
  5. Add different colors of paint to the tops. (Optional: Sprinkle glitter on the tops of your rocks if you have any in the house.)
  6. Bake moon rocks in the oven at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.

Age Adjustments
  • Younger Children:
    • Practice fine motor skills by breaking apart the moon rocks with objects around the house.
    • Toss the moon rocks in a bowl of water for a sensory experience.
    • Punch holes in the top of a cardboard box, and stick the rocks in the holes.
  • Older Children:
    • Create the rocks, then switch with a partner. Print and complete the Moon Rocks Observation Sheet.
    • Hide the rocks around the house, and try to find as many as you can. Pretend you're in space: Walk like an astronaut would and use garden gloves or other large gloves to pick up the rocks!

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