We typically go on field trips on Thursdays but since this was our first Thursday back from break and the kids were dying to uncover all the new activities in the classroom and because Jackson has been so sick and we didn’t want to take him out in the weather, we decided to have SPACE DAY at school.

There has been some interest in the solar system as of late, so during the break Paul and I put the solar system up in the studio. I then bought a bunch of Styrofoam balls to make dioramas while I was tooling around in a sewing shop in Walla Walla. I thought hey, we could just name Thursday “SPACE DAY” and have our own field trip and it truly seemed like we left not only the classroom but the planet.

All week there was so much excited talk about SPACE DAY. I just love kids and their ability to just transform any ol’ day into something magical with a bit of imagination and the right materials…

We set the mood with some music – The Planets by Holst as well as the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey:

I brought in my interactive solar system, which has the coolest British accent:

We had so many neat books, solar system models and a beautiful night sky box set.

We had our giant sensory table filled with sand, astronauts, space ships and materials to build a space station:

“It’s Columbia ready for take off. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF! PSHOOUOUO! It’s a go. We have a mission. PSHOOUOUO!” -Joey

We also made space ships with four different molds and painted them:

We painted some nebula:

We also painted glass balls like the planets:

We made replicas of Leonardo de Vinci’s parachute (we did this project last year as well):

Some even stopped for an hour or so to write in their journals – story is such a driving force:

Moon mud was definitely in order and all over EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE:

Our diaramas:

To mars and back again we traveled – all in one day at Mystery Bay…