If you decide to go to the moon then the first thing you should do is read this book: If You Decide to Go to the Moon. This book is a fount of knowledge about going to the moon. It outlines what you will need to get there, what things you need to take and what you will expect to find there. It’s full of useful tidbits such as, if you drop a rock on the moon you won’t hear anything as there’s no air for the sound waves to travel through. I’m not sure if the information fascinated myself or the children more.
We started off by colouring our rocket ship. We found a rocket picture in a space puzzles and mazes book. We punched 2 holes opposite each other into one of the cups near the rim with a one hole punch. Then we tied the elastic band between the two holes. We attached the rocket to this cup with folded over masking tape so it was sticky on both sides. The second cup we left like it was. It was used as a launching pad.
To launch the rocket ship you place the cup with the rocket over the plain cup and pull down until the elastic stretches. Then you begin the countdown….10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0…..blast off! And then let go of the rocket. My first attempt hit the side and basically fizzled. The class laughed and so we began the countdown again and almost hit the ceiling the second time around. Below is a short slow motion video that shows my EA demonstrating how it works. (*Sorry for the angle and quality.)