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.
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.