(Goblin is 29 months)
Recently I was looking at pictures taken by the Hubble telescope. For anyone who doesn't know about Hubble, its a giant space telescope launched in 1990. It orbits the Earth above the atmosphere. The atmosphere normally distorts and blocks some of the light that reaches Earth, so with the telescope sitting above the atmosphere it gets an incredible view of our universe.
The pictures from the telescope are incredible. There is a whole website dedicated to them - http://hubblesite.org/gallery/.I decided to attempt some Hubble inspired arts and crafts with Goblin. I started with some Galaxy playdough. I used a recipe from Nutrurestore. I added black and blue food colouring and lots of sequins and glitter. It is incredible how much glitter and sequins you need. I added as much as I thought I'd need, then doubled it. And still the playdough seemed to swallow them up - like the darkness of space.
And because Goblin likes to use his entire body to experience things, he walked on it too and then invited me to do the same. I'm glad I tried it, it felt great. It was cold and squidgy and a really unusual sensation.
After a few days of play Goblin asked to play with it outside. I would have resisted this with bought playdough but because it was home made I felt much more relaxed about how Goblin played with it. So he took it outside and we played catch with it. Then he rolled it around in the dirt and grass. And when he was finished (and it was pretty disgusting) I popped it in the bin.
http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/hubble_essentials/. And every child should have a look at the Hubble picture gallery.
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