Thursday, August 30, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Moon Painting & Homemade Space Playdough

We have so many more adventures to bring to you but we know you'd miss the A.C.T., especially from those crafty ladies of My SweetArts, so here you go.  A moon/space one, which we are already excited about in this house.

In honor of tomorrow night’s Blue Moon, we have two fun crafts for all ages to enjoy! Moon painting and Space Playdough! These crafts are easy to do and enjoyable by all ages (see edible version of the recipes below). Our households are a bit obsessed with space after Notes From a Mom in CH recommendation to see One World, One Sky at the Morehead Planetarium so this was a very popular craft at home and in our classroom earlier this summer.
Moon Painting

  • White crayon or chalk
  • Bowl (to create the shape of the moon)
  • White paint (or can mix in some black to make a more realistic gray moon)
  • Flour
  • Paint brush (or just use your fingers)
  • Empty bottles (water bottle, spice bottle, baby bottle, small cup – try assorted sizes)
  • Star stickers and/or glitter + glue (you can find inexpensive star foil stickers at your local dollar store)
  • Black sheet heavy paper, cardstock, cardboard or mat board


1. Take your bowl and trace it on to your black paper, cardstock, cardboard or mat board with a white crayon or chalk.
2. Mix together white paint with flour until it is the consistency of cottage cheese.
3. Using the mixed paint, have your kids paint the circle shape (or for the younger kids, let them just explore, while talking about the circle shape). Kids can use their fingers or paintbrushes to paint. Touch and talk to your kids about the texture of the paint. How does it feel? Are there lumps from the additional flour? What do you think the moon looks/feels like?
4. While the paint is still wet, have your kids create craters and texture by pressing the bottle tops or caps on to their moon. Use different sizes and discuss the circular imprints.
5. To make it more space-like, work together to embellish the surrounding black paper/board with star stickers and/or glitter (apply with glue or use glitter glue pen)
6. Let the masterpiece dry and display! It will turn into a cool, textured piece!

*Edible version: If you would like to try this craft with younger artists, make your own white finger paint with equal parts flour, salt, and water (start with a ½ cup of each). Add an extra tablespoon of flour to make your paint thicker and have more texture like the cottage cheese consistency described above.

Homemade Space Playdough

Playdough is another fun activity we love. We always have a fresh batch on hand for our students. To change up the activity and add a little fun, try making your own space playdough. The contrast of the black playdough with the shiny glitter makes it fun for kids of all ages.

  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1.5 cups of salt
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp of cream of tartar (or if you don’t have that on hand, try a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • 2 small squirts of hand lotion (to make the dough pliable and soft; note you can also use glycerin if you want to get fancy)
  • Black food coloring
  • Silver glitter
Combine ingredients in a pan over low to medium heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook until it starts to come away from the sides of the pan. When it forms into a dough ball remove from heat. After it cools down, knead (can add more flour if too sticky or a little more oil if too dry). Place the dough into ziploc bags and then add black food coloring. Knead dough through the bag to keep your hands clean. Add in silver glitter to make your intergalactic playdough sparkle! This recipe makes a large batch of playdough. Cut it in half if you just want a small supply.

For some musical fun, try this fun, catchy original song from Michelle Schooff. Go to to hear the tune! It has become a bedtime ritual in my house. 

Blast OFF!
10, 9, 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
Blast Off to the moon we go
Blast Off to the moon we go
Blast Off to the moon we go
Up to the sky we go
And back down again
Up to the sky we go
And back down again
My SweetArts is a new kind of enrichment class that uniquely combines music and art/sensory exploration for infants, toddlers, and families. All classes are conveniently held at University Mall, Chapel Hill.

This Fall, My SweetArts has 8 classes to choose from!
You can choose an age-specific class or classes open to all ages.
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