Today is Moon Day, the day that commemorates the day man first walked on the moon back in 1969. Of course we had to do an activity that celebrates the moon! I chose to create two different sensory bins that the kids played in after lunch. Both used the same black sand and all you need for them are a couple different colours pom poms (we tried to use colours that matched the planets in our solar system, but earth is now the green planet) and some glow-in-the-dark space decals.
For the first one, I let Bean add the pom poms to the bin. I showed her a picture of our solar system and she tried to put the planets in a circle around the sun. Obviously they are in no particular order, since this is our first space-themed activity. We did a few activities with this bin, like naming each planet and what colour it is, finding the moon (the smallest white pom pom next to earth) and trying to arrange them from smallest to largest.
For our second bin I hid some more glow-in-the-dark wall decals in the black sand. They created a pretty space scene, but the goal was to find the moon among them (it was buried when I took the picture). Since it was crescent shaped, it was fairly easy to find and distinguish from the others.