Monday, January 17, 2011


Jan12_Playdoh
As always, the major part of any “theme” in our house are books. There are many wonderful books about space, and we just barely “scratched the surface”. So far Smarty has been mostly interested in the Solar system and its planets. Postcards from Pluto was the most informative, since it gave some interesting details about each planet. I am excited about this space theme, since my own dream job when I was a child was to become a space doctor. When I became a teenager, I got interested in chemistry and dreamed of being the next Marie Curie. So for the “space project” I combined my own passions of chemistry and space – we were making planets out of homemade playdoh.
Jan12_Planets
Smarty was very enthusiastic about every part of this project. It turns out that she “always wanted to make playdoh, because it was in my magazine”. Then she was very busy making her planets and trying to scale them. She was really trying to make sure that her Sun would be bigger than her Jupiter. Jupiter had to have a Great Spot, but she chose to make it blue. It was interesting to listen to her stories and see just how much she absorbed from her readings. I was sad that we had to disassemble her solar system, but she can always make it again another day.

18 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm glad Anna got to fulfill her life long desire to make play dough :)

littlewondersdays said...

She did an amazing job!

Ticia said...

My boys had a similar fantasy about a cookie recipe. And they were so happy when we finally made it.

That looks like such a fun project, and I'm amused at her making the spot blue.

Discovering Montessori said...

I love this! What a neat idea. Anna did an awesome job.

Christy said...

Anna looks like she had a great time. So glad she got to make play dough!!

Debbie said...

I love the last picture there of Anna with her solar system. She looks so happy that she got to make her play dough!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a FUN idea!! We haven't made homemade play dough in a long time -- I love the idea of planets made from play dough! :-)

MaryAnne said...

This is a great idea, and Anna looks very pleased with her creation!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Fun! I keep trying to get my son to make planets with me this week, and he says no every time. He's really not that into arts and crafts lately. But I hadn't thought of using clay (he's allergic to the wheat in play-doh, but we use model magic sometimes). I'll have to propose that to him. Something tells me I would end up making it all.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I have had "make a solar system mobile" on my to do list for 2 years! This is a good idea.

Kim said...

Great idea!

Phyllis said...

Too bad you had to disassemble it. It would have been great to leave out and harden for her to play with.

The girl who painted trees said...

What a fun thing to do.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Anna looks thrilled with her homemade play doh, and her solar system looks awesome in that picture Natalie!! This was a super fun idea!

RedTedArt said...

Oh! Maybe she is a little scientist (and less of a crafter)!?!? Seems to enjoy your science projects, no? Love making a solar system out of homemade playdough! Great project every step of the way!!!

Thanks for linking up :-)

Maggy

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter has her solar system mobile hanging from her bedroom light. Planets are fascinating to learn about. From the pictures it looks like she did a great job. I can even identify some of them, Earth namely! :)

Jackie H. said...

Such a clever girl... and always seems to be keeping you guys entertained. My dad was a high school Chemistry teacher...this reminds me of the kinds of fun we used to have!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I love that her lifelong dream was to make playdough! My daughter is just starting to show an interest in planets. Maybe we'll try your playdough solar system idea too!