Making Space Food!
One of the last things we did for the month of March with Mother Goose Time was the lesson on space food. We enjoyed this lesson because were able to find Youtube video featuring children trying Astronaut food. Because I was in the military, I told them all about eating MRE’s in the field. The concept of food in bags that didn’t need to be cooked was a little hard for them to grasp. They were fascinated to know what some of the food tasted like (Gross by the way) and how they are cooked for the astronauts in space.
The activity for the day was making their own astronaut food. With small children, I didn’t think it would be a good idea to give them mashed up food to put in the bags. Can you imagine the mess? Think about it, everyone covered in yogurt…. none of it got in the bag. You are standing around the mess wondering what you were thinking giving Preschool children yogurt to shove in a bag. It’s just was not a good idea. So, I gave them cheerios. We talked about why cooking in space might be dangerous and how it was important for astronauts to be careful with their crumbs. The children spent the rest of the day watching out for crumbs and talking about keeping electronics clean so that the Space shuttle could land safely.
The space food opened tons of questions about how astronauts go to the potty, where the trash goes when they are done with and how they sleep. I was prepared for none of it. But being a teacher is not about having all the answers, it’s about being willing to look for the ones you do not have with the children. We didn’t have a chance to explore all the answers during this last week, but learning is a life long activity and we don’t have to stop exploring space because it’s the end of the theme. We can explore it anytime.
Live long and keep teaching!