The Boy continues to have space on the brain all the time. Anything we need him to do requires a countdown..."3, 2, 1...blast off!" Everything he does is accompanied by a rocket sound. He's constantly checking the NASA site to see what's going on with Curiosity, the Mars Rover. ("Mama, I'm just gonna check and see what Curiosity is up to these days.") He refers to his "astronaut jammies," his "astronaut breakfast," our "space station" (our house), the Rover (our car), his "command seat" (the car seat).
I know that most people's career aspirations at three-almost-four don't materialize quite the way they had imagined, but he is certain that he will be flying missions in space before very long.
Some of our recent projects are pictured here, in case you're interested. No tutorials - we've been moving so fast that there hasn't been time for that kind of thing. This is the raw, unpolished version we're sharing. Maybe someday I will have time to refine them a little.
On Monday, The Boy wanted to make his own set of planets. He sent himself on a "circle space mission" around the house to find objects that were round and traceable so he could make the planets. He traced them onto cardboard (old cereal boxes from the recycling bin). I cut them out (the cardboard was too thick for his preschool scissors). He was going to paint them, but at the last minute, he decided he would use crayons instead because he didn't feel like wearing a paint smock.
|Listening to "The Planets" on Spotify|
("Well, how did the man make that sound on the tambourine? I am just not sure that's a tambourine, Mama, how do you know it is a tambourine??")
His dad will be proud of this, I'm sure.
|Labeling planets before they are cut out.|
Although the planets were originally going to be a mobile and hang from his ceiling, he has had so much fun playing with them that he decided to leave them as they are for now. This is how The Belle earned her new nickname, "The Black Hole" - she keeps finding his planets on the rug and eating them. Nom, nom, nom.
|Vigorously coloring the Sun purple. ("I want it to be a cool enough Sun that we can walk on it.")|
|Arranging the planets in order|
|Pasting rays onto the sun|
Our other projects this week included a rocket (made from a paper towel tube and an egg carton) and a space helmet, which is still not quite right. The Boy's initial plan to make a space suit was derailed by his uncontrollable desire to run on the bubble wrap and pop bubbles with his feet (which is way more fun). We used recycled materials for the helmet- a plastic strawberry container, a gallon milk jug and a bubble wrap mailer- and kind of fudged it. I'm sure someone out there has a great step-by-step blog post on how to make a beautiful space helmet for your child. This is not that post. As my mom says, we are going for the overall effect. There was a lot of packing tape and some stapling involved.
|Getting ready for liftoff|
|Space Helmet. Slightly wonky. Much loved.|
|The Singing Spaceman|