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Make Your Own Moon Dust!

By Christen Reiner, Macaroni Kid Lakewood-Littleton Editor and Publisher (Craft by Julie Follansbee) August 17, 2017

Kids will be learning all about the solar eclipse this week, and the moon plays a BIG PART in this rare event. We thought it would be fun to celebrate the big day with an EASY craft...MOON DUST!

We know that first line that Neil Armstrong said upon landing, but did you know he then said something like "it's fine and powdery and I can lift it with the toe of my boot"? He was talking about moon dust!

You'll need:
  • Baking soda
  • Black sidewalk chalk (Crayola makes it)
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Vinegar and squeeze bottles
  • Cheese grater
  • Cookie sheet
Put about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of baking soda on the cookie sheet. Grate 1/2 stick of black sidewalk chalk and add that to the baking soda, along with about 1 TBSP of glitter. Let kids mix with their hands.


You can use it just like this. It's great to practice letters, numbers and spelling by leaving messages on the moon.

OR


You can make craters by adding a little bit of vinegar to the mixture. It will bubble and ooze and become clay-like!


Like this craft? Be sure to check out our Great American Eclipse Go To Guide for more eclipse fun!