Thursday, October 27, 2011

Craft IV : Celebrating 'Space'

Zip...zap....zoom!! Here we go!!

A Colouring sheet on space, created just for your child! BEAUTIFUL, isn't it? Now get your kids to fill them up with bright strokes of colours, and send it back promptly to!

Dive into space with Vibha Sharma's craft ideas!! Give it a shot, cummon!! :)

Space is full of resplendent mysteries which have always caught the fancy of every thinking mind.

Here are a few ideas for craft activities on 'Space':

For Age : 1-3 years : I remember having tried looking for interesting ideas to teach my children new concepts in such a manner that the concepts stay with them. The written text does play a very significant role but there is no substitute to pictorial representation and live experiments. One of the first 'science' lessons that I taught my children was the - difference between day and night and no, not by showing a revolving globe in front of a light bulb (that came much later). I simply drew this kind of picture because that is what they were observing on their own, I just provided them the nomenclature. I remember it being stuck to the refrigerator for a long period.

For Age : 3-6yrs : Concept of expanding universe

Take a deflated balloon (preferably a black or dark coloured), assume it to be our universe. Mark small dots very close together on the balloon. These small dots are clusters of galaxies. Label one of the dots as MW (for Milky Way), our galaxy. Once you start inflating the balloon, you will see that the relative distance between milky way and other galaxies keeps increasing illustrating the point that the universe is expanding and so the galaxies are moving away from each other.

For Age 6-9 yrs : Rainbow Colours

We all have seen rainbows appearing in the sky from time to time but I am sure like me, everybody gets mesmerized by the sheer beauty and grandeur of this wonderful creation on the sky, every time it becomes visible. Rainbow colours - forming the acronym VIBGYOR - Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red - are called the spectrum and these seven colours combine to make white light. What better way to show this than to make a disc having all these spectrum colours and giving it a spin. When it rotates really fast, the colours do get mixed up and reflect white light.

How about making different planets of our solar system using balls and colours and then putting them all together for a solar system mobile.


Anusha said...

very neat!!! i was looking forward to the space crafts from you Vibha, for I have one wannabe-astronaut; and another who wonders where the sun goes at night :) i know they both will love these simple crafts. and I love that all three ideas demand very little setup time yet could lead to hours of exploration :) thank you!

sathish said...

vibha, very nice. loved especially the idea of expanding universe.

Choxbox said...

Very nice Vibs!

In the Montessori Elementary classroom, they teach the Big Bang concept by filling a balloon with mustard seeds and then pumping more and more air - till the point where it finally explodes and all the seeds get scattered. The image never leaves your head once you have seen it!

sandhya said...

Great post, Vibha. I esp. liked the night and day drawing, with the colours seen during day, and shades of grey during night. A wonderful way of showing how the colours actually exist in light, and dissapear when there is no light!

Meera Sriram said...

Very creative Vibha! Thanks!

Praba Ram said...

thanks Vibha for some very special "spacecrafts!" :)

Vibha said...

Thanks all of you. It was great reliving the time when R and M were in 1-3 yrs age range and we recently did the other two experiments at home.

Poppins said...

This is just a fab post! Thanks for the neat ideas Vibha.

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