The topic at Tree Hugging Tots has departed from earthly subjects and turned into space. I admit that Anna is not too interested in space topics. Astronaut helmets scare her, and she never asked many questions about space. It looks like she has enough to investigate on Earth before she is ready to “launch” into space. But it’s a full Moon time, and our skies are clear, so we can observe it in all its majesty. We saw the rising moon on Sunday as we were sailing back into harbor, and Anna and I talked a little about it. I asked her to predict what the Moon is made of. She thought of some stories she read and predicted first that the Moon is made out of cake. Then she thought some more and said (a lot more interesting prediction in my mind, I shall add) that the Moon is made out of ice. So yesterday we read this book from Let’s Read and Find Out series that we had in our home library. She spent most of the reading cuddling very tightly next to me until we spent some time talking about space suits, and why they are so bulky and why they have reflective face plates. Quite frankly, I thought the whole talk was way over her head, but once we were done reading, she jumped off and started preparing for a space flight on top of her pillow. What I noticed many times before is that the books that she doesn’t seem to like leave quite a mark on her, because she actually takes time to “digest” them in her mind, and then suddenly she refers to something from the book or uses concepts in her play. I already told my husband that he can expect some space travel today :)
We also did some moon-related crafts in October. I like this one best – I drew a moon and some ghosts while Anna was busy making her black-and-white open-ended masterpiece. She decorated them later with stickers. We also did one open-ended moon-themed project yesterday, but it didn’t turn out well. Shall I say – too much glitter glue? She is addicted to it since she discovered it.